Ten minutes ago today, “The Foggy Dew” was mastered and sent out for media release by international recording artist Sinead O’Connor. Examiner is one of the first to hear the passionate song in honor of tomorrow’s events in Ireland surrounding the reenactment of the funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. The track will become available to the public next week.
O’Connor recorded this version of “The Foggy Dew” for the funeral reenactment being held on Aug. 1 in Dublin. O’Donovan Rossa was a leader of the Fenian movement in the 19th century that sought independence from Britain. His burial in Dublin in 1915 was one of the largest political funerals in Irish history. The funeral oration was delivered by Easter Rising leader, Padraig Pearse.
O’Donovan Rossa was imprisoned in various jails in English for his activities with the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), Later he moved to New York, where he continued to oppose British rule in Ireland. O’Donovan Rossa’s remains were brought to Ireland by an American liner that traveled from New York to Liverpool. They were then transferred to a steamer and taken to Dublin. “The Foggy Dew” is a powerful tribute to an event seen as a pivotal moment in Irish history.
One century later, hundreds of people will participate in the re-enactment of the O’Donovan Rossa funeral tomorrow. Organized by Sinn Fein, the event will include marching bands, the Cabra Historical Society, a horse drawn hearse and more.
Bartle D’Arcy, the Sinn Fein national coordinator, said, “We want to give the people a chance to participate in commemorative events.” D’Arcy added, “There is a huge interest in 1916 now – the BBC are covering our reenactment of this funeral.”
“The Foggy Dew” was originally recorded by Sinead O’Connor with The Chieftans in 2006. The version released in honor of the Dublin events will be available to the public as a free download starting Aug. 5. Just one hour ago on Facebook, O’Connor announced she is feeling proud as “The Foggy Dew” is coming soon. She advised her fans to “sit tight.”