ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Rochester's rich Irish history came alive today with a special celebration at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The mother of the third president of modern-day Ireland is buried there.
The local Irish community came out to celebrate Catherine Wheelwright and her son. 100 years ago on April 24th, armed insurrectionists in Ireland staged a revolt against British rule. That battle eventually lead to the creation of the Irish Republic. One of the leaders of the Easter Rising was Eamon De Valera---who went on to become president of Ireland. De Valera was spared death for his role in the Rising, thanks to lobbying from his mother---Catherine Wheelwright---who lived in Rochester and died here in 1932.
Among those on hand for the event at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery was Eamon De Valera's grandson and Wheelwright's great-grandson, Eamon O'Cuiv. O'Cuiv is a politician who represents County Galway in the Irish parliament.
"He's going to be terribly, terribly missed," said Susan Plunkett.
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