Thomas Ashe

Thomas Ashe

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Thomas Patrick Ashe (Irish name: Tomás Pádraig Ághas; 12 January 1885 – 25 September 1917) born in Lispole, County Kerry, Ireland, was a member of the Gaelic League, the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) and a founding member of the Irish Volunteers. Having entered De La Salle Training College, Waterford in 1905 he began his teaching career as principal of Corduff National School, Lusk, Co. Dublin in 1908. He spent the last years before his death teaching children in Lusk, North County Dublin, where he founded the award-winning Lusk Black Raven Pipe Band as well as Round Towers Lusk GFHC in 1906. During the summer of 1913, he was one of the IRB members that Douglas Hyde, president of the Gaelic League, attempted to expel.

Commanding the Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers, Ashe took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. Ashe's force of 60-70 men engaged British forces around north County Dublin during the rising. The battalion won a major victory in Ashbourne, County Meath where they engaged a much larger force capturing a significant quantity of arms and up to 20 Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) vehicles. 24 hours after the rising collapsed, Ashe's battalion surrendered on the orders of Padraig Pearse.On 8 May 1916, Ashe and Éamon de Valera were court-martialled and both were sentenced to death. The sentences were commuted to penal servitude for life. Ashe was imprisoned in Lewes Prison in England.

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