Saturday 18 November 2017

Ceremony celebrates life of 1916 hero Ashe

The grand-nieces of Thomas Ashe – Joanna De Pinto, Mary Harrington, Elizabeth Berkery and Nuala Douglas Mark – at the ceremony marking the centenary of his death at Glasnevin. Picture: Maxwells
The grand-nieces of Thomas Ashe – Joanna De Pinto, Mary Harrington, Elizabeth Berkery and Nuala Douglas Mark – at the ceremony marking the centenary of his death at Glasnevin. Picture: Maxwells

The family of 1916 hero Thomas Ashe joined a large crowed of patriotic spectators in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the 100th annniversary of his death.

Ashe was a significant figure within Ireland's revolutionary movement. Heavily influenced by the Gaelic Revival movement, Ashe was a nationalist and a patriot as well as a passionate supporter of Irish culture.

The ceremony incorporated music, poetry and readings reflecting the life and character of the revolutionary.

The event culminated in a formal State commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony, with a participation by the Defence Forces.

John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust said it was "extraordinary" how much Ashe achieved in his short life.

"From the Gaelic league to the Gaelic fields; from his school to his community; from the Irish Volunteers to the IRB; he was a leader."

Irish Independent

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