|From Skibbereen to Staten Island|
O'Donovan Rossa spent most of his last 40 or so years living on Staten Island and raising money for the armed struggle back home (he wasn't known as "Dynamite O'Donovan" for nothing). Sadly, there are few traces of his life there. The first house he lived in with his wife (one of three) and and at least some of his 18 children was on Shore Road (now Mariner's Terrace) and Van Pelt Avenue. At the time, the New York Times decried his lifestyle in story with the headline: "Alas! Poor O'Donovan (Rossa.) He has Nothing But a Staten Island Mansion to Live In," Mansion or not, it's gone now, though there are some quite nice but hardly luxurious houses from the same period nearby.
|Basking in the moment|
His last house was at 194 Richmond Terrace, in New Brighton, is gone too. That's friend of the blog Robyn (r) and BTB Senior Research Assistant Lucy (l) in front of where the it stood. Unless that graffiti reads "Here lived Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa," no marker commemorates either home of this important figure in the history of Ireland's struggle for freedom. (Full disclosure: According to family lore, your correspondent is related, in some fog-, or better smoke-, shrouded way to O'Donovan Rossa.)