2017 marks the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe who was born in Kinard near Dingle, Co. Kerry in 1885. He trained as a teacher and was appointed Principal of Corduff National School in north Dublin. He was a member of the Irish Volunteers and Conradh na Gaeilge. During the Easter Rising he commanded the Dublin 5th Battalion Irish Volunteers who fought at the Battle of Ashbourne. He was imprisoned and later released as part of the general amnesty of June 1917. The following month he was arrested for sedition and was imprisoned in Mountjoy. The authorities refused his demand for Prisoner of War status and with six other prisoners he went on hunger strike. Following force-feeding by the authorities, he collapsed due to injuries inflicted during the process and he died two days later on 25th September 1917. Michael Collins spoke at his funeral at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.
Maurice O’Keeffe gave a presentation on the life of Thomas Ashe at Lispole National School on 12th January to mark the patriot’s birth date in Kinard on 12th January 1885. A similar presentation may be arranged in other venues if requested.
Listen to audio clip of recording compiled with Kathleen Lally, the daughter of Christopher Nugent who fought with Thomas Ashe at the Battle of Ashbourne.