The 100th anniversary of the death of one of the leading combatants from the Easter Rising will be commemorated on Saturday, 16th September at Glasnevin Cemetery by members of Fianna Fáil from across Dublin and Ireland.
An oration will be delivered by Cathal Brugha, grandson of the first Chairperson of Dáil Éireann, Cathal Brugha while a wreath will be jointly laid by Pádraig Ashe, grandnephew of Thomas Ashe, and Senator Catherine Ardagh, Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader.
Music on the day will be supplied by the Thomas Ashe Pipe Band which was founded 100 years ago in 1917.
Thomas Ashe was the Commander of the 5th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers based in Fingal and scored one of the biggest victories of the Rising for the republican forces when his force of 65 men defeated a much larger British force at the Battle of Ashbourne.
In addition to being a leading revolutionary, Ashe was a noted poet and piper, and while teaching in North Dublin was a major supporter and promoter of the Irish language.
Speaking in advance of the commemoration, Éamon Ó Cuív, Cathaoirleach of the Fianna Fáil 1917-1921 Committee, said:
“It is right and proper that we remember the impact and legacy of Thomas Ashe. A major leader during the Rising, he continued to speak openly about the need for an independent Irish Republic, and was subsequently arrested for sedition and imprisoned after giving a speech in Longford in August 2017.
“His demand for Prisoner of War status were ignored, and Ashe went on hunger strike.
“Ultimately, Thomas Ashe died as a result of force feeding by the British prison authorities.
“We meet in Glasnevin Cemetery, his final resting place, to remember his contribution to the cause of Irish freedom and to ensure that we never forget that many people fought and died for the democratic freedoms we all enjoy today,” concluded Ó Cuív.