On 99th anniversary of his death, plans for the Thomas Ashe Centenary

Centenary commemoration of the death of Thomas Ashe

Sunday 25 September 2016, 4pm – Lispole National School

 

The School of History, University College Cork, in association with Coiste Cuimhneacháin Thomáis Ághas, are pleased to announce a public meeting to discuss arrangements for the forthcoming centenary of the death of the prominent Kerry patriot, Thomas Ashe, to be held in his native village of Lispole, Co. Kerry, at 4pm on the afternoon of Sunday 25th September.

 

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Thomas Ashe was a prominent activist in most of the major nationalist organisations of the pre-independence period, including the Gaelic League, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the Irish Volunteers. A teacher by profession, he was a leading figure in the Battle of Ashbourne, the most significant military engagement outside Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising. Following his arrest for a seditious speech in August 1917 he commenced a hunger strike in Mountjoy gaol, and died on 25 September 1917, as a result of an attempt to force-feed him by the prison authorities. His subsequent funeral and burial in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin, was characterised by the largest show of strength by the republican movement since the Rising, and was a major milestone in the campaign for independence.

 

The public meeting is being held in Scoil Náisiunta Eoin Báiste, Lispole, on the 99th anniversary of his death, and its purpose is to solicit the views of interested parties in the locality, in county Kerry, and beyond, as to the form that next year’s centenary commemoration should take.

 

The meeting is free and open to all who wish to attend. For further details please contact Risteard Mac Eoin (Coiste Cuimhneacháin, rmaceoin@hotmail.com) or Gabriel Doherty (UCC, g.doherty@ucc.ie, 021 4902783).


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