Friday 20 April 2018

Community will celebrate hero

Thomas Ashe
Thomas Ashe

Lusk Community Council is playing a major part in commemorating the life and times of the local hero that was Thomas Ashe.

The community council has already opened up a fascinating exhibition of the rebel leader's life and times in the Cottage Community Centre at the weekend and has undertaken to organise a number of events and initiatives around the centenary of the Fingal Brigade commander's centenary, this week.

The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by a talk given by Principal Anna McKeown of Corduff National School, the school that Ashe himself was once principal of. Her talk focused on Ashe's days as a teacher and was entitled: 'Thomas Ashe: A Revolutionary Teacher'.

On Monday, September 25, the community council in conjunction with the Irish Defence Forces will host the Mayor of Fingal for a wreath laying ceremony at the 1916 memorial in Lusk which will see the participation of a number of schoolchildren from local primary schools who will be learning about Ashe in the classroom and keeping his memory alive for the next generation.

The community council is set to reinforce that learning experience for the young people of Lusk by hosting an art competition across the various local schools themed around the centenary of Ashe's death.

Lusk Community Council has also developed two special centenary bookmarks which have been circulated to 5,000 students of the parish and neighbouring secondary schools to mark Ashe's 100 year anniversary.

The bookmarks are of a similar design to the centenary banners that have been installed around Lusk in recent months in the build-up to the centenary commemorations.

Brian Arnold of Lusk Community Council has studied Ashe's life extensively and he will be part of the Fingal Festival of History event hosted by the county council at Newbridge House in Donabate. On the Friday (September 29) of this three-day event Brian will deliver a talk on Ashe.

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