Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of the Soldier’s Song, was a native of Dublin, Ireland. The Soldier’s Song is the Irish National Anthem. Kearney also composed several other songs including, ‘Down by the Glenside’ and ‘The Tri-coloured Ribbon’. He was a founder of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Rising of 1916.
Peadar Kearney was born on Lower Dorset Street, Dublin in 1883. Having left school at age 14, he trained as a house painter. He was a member of the garrison which fought at Jacob’s biscuit factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. He later fought in the War of Independence which ended with signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December on December 6th 1921.
Peadar Kearney supported the democratic decision of the people and served under Michael Collins during the Civil War. He was with Michael Collins at Béal na mBláith when Collins was assassinated on August 16th 1922. Following the death of Collins, Kearney abandoned politics and returned to house painting. He died in Dublin at the age of 59 on November 23rd 1942.
Peadar Kearney, who wrote the lyrics of what is now the Irish National Anthem, was born in the year 1883 On This Day.MEMORIAL TO PEADAR KEARNEY [1883 – 1942]-