Thomas Ashe (1885-1917)

Thomas Ashe (1885-1917)

Thomas Ashe (1885-1917)
Born in Lispole, Co Kerry, he qualified as a teacher and was a school principal in Corduff, Co Dublin. Ashe was a member of the IRB and Commandant of the 5th Battalion, Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers in 1916. He died as a result of forcible feeding when on hunger strike at Mountjoy while serving a sentence for sedition. The 11-day inquest reported: “We find the deceased… died of heart failure and congestion of the lungs on the 25th of September, and that it was caused by the punishment of taking away from his cell the bed, bedding, boots , and left to lie on the cold floor for 50 hours, and then subjected to a forcible feeding in his weak condition, after a hunger strike of five or six days.” Charismatic with a commanding personality, Ashe was an active member of the Gaelic League and an accomplished pipe player.