Sunday 26 May 2019

Volunteer executed after 1916 farmhouse battle

Executed 1916 rebel Thomas Kent
Executed 1916 rebel Thomas Kent

Ralph Riegel

Thomas Kent ranks alongside Roger Casement as the only Easter Rising patriot to be executed outside Dublin.

While Casement was hanged in London, Kent (50) was executed at Cork Prison for his part in a gun battle with police at his family's farmhouse at Bawnard outside Castlelyons in north Cork.

That battle erupted when Kent (pictured) and his brothers refused to surrender to the Royal Irish Constabulary during a raid in May 1916 after fighting had earlier erupted at the General Post Office and other centres in Dublin.

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The RIC were ordered by Dublin Castle to raid the homes of known republican sympathisers nationwide.

Kent, the fifth of nine children, was deeply involved in the Irish Volunteers and Land League movement.

Four of the Kent brothers were jailed in 1889 for Land League activity.

The four-hour gun battle erupted at Bawnard when an armed RIC unit tried to search the Kent family farmhouse for weapons. Kent's brother David was badly wounded and another brother, Richard, was shot and killed as he tried to escape.

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RIC Chief Constable William Rowe was also killed during the fighting.

Kent was executed days later after being sentenced to death by a military court martial.

Irish Independent

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