Pearse Museum

The Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park was where Patrick Pearse lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school, Scoil Éanna, between 1910-16.

‘The Hermitage’ was originally built by Edward Hudson, State Dentist, who signed a lease on the lands in 1786. Over a century later, Patrick Pearse discovered the house while on a historical pilgrimage of sites associated with Robert Emmet. Set in nearly fifty acres of beautiful parkland, the museum tells the story of Patrick Pearse and his brother William, both of whom were executed for their part in the 1916 Rising.

Pearse Museum and St Enda’s Park are operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.

URGENT NOTICE : Tuesday 28th May 2019
Upgrade works to the canopy in the Courtyard area will commence on Tuesday 28th May for a period of approximately 8 – 10 weeks. During this time the Nature Room and Schoolroom display will be closed. The Tearooms will remain open, and alternative outdoor seating will be provided outside the courtyard area. The Museum is not affected by the works and will be open as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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What’s On

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Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
9:30 am
    Where shadows drifted by: An exhibition by Mairead O’Byrne Like Patrick Pearse and his pupils more than a century ago, Mairead O’Byrne has drawn inspiration for her work from the unique landscape of[...]
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Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
This lecture by Brian Crowley explores the surprising story of Patrick Pearse’s unusual and surprising father James, a stonemason who moved to Ireland in the mid-19th century. James Pearse’s thirst for knowledge and unorthodox views[...]
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7:00 pm
A lecture by Celia de Fréine on Patrick Pearse and Louise Gavan Duffy. Louise Gavan Duffy was a suffragist, nationalist and founder of Scoil Bhríde, Ireland’s first Gaelscoil. Celia de Fréine is a poet, playwright[...]
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Plan a Visit

Opening hours, location, transport and more.


Key historical documents relating to the property.


View details of current and past exhibitions.


Information for teachers and students.


Click here for the full Pearse Museum blog.

Marking the Centenary: Tree Planting

  Among the ways we marked the centenary of the deaths of Patrick and William Pearse this years was by planting two trees in the walled garden. The first tree was planted on the 3 May in memory of Patrick Pearse...

Pearse’s Address to the Court

Pearse's court martial took place on 2 May, 1916 in the Gymnasium of Richmond Barracks. Below is the text of his address to the court: ''My sole object in surrendering unconditionally was to save the slaughter of the civil population and to save the lives of our...

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