Pádraig Pearse’s 1916 surrender letter goes up for auction

The Irish State has refused to purchase a surrender letter written by Easter Rising leader Pádraig Pearse one hundred years ago, saying it would not be an appropriate use of public funds to buy it.

The historic letter was withdrawn from auction this week after it failed to reach the guide price of €1 million. The highest bid was €770,000.

It is now most likely going to leave Ireland as the private owner lives overseas.

Here’s my report for UTV Ireland.