Hi Shawn: Thomas Ashe died as a result of force feeding during a hunger strike. He was a member of the IRB. He was buried in a Volunteer uniform , the shirt of which had been given to him by Michael Collins.It was over Ashe's grave, after a volley of shots were fired that Michael Collins said "Nothing additional remains to be said. That volley which we have just heard is the only speech which is proper to make above the grave of a dead Fenian." He was a poet and 'The Last poem of Thomas Ashe' written in jail starts...
'Let me carry your Cross for Ireland, Lord
My cares in the world are few,
it goes on for about twelve more lines
By the way as a sort of trivia, I read that Gregory Peck is the Grand Uncle of Thomas Ashe, can't for the life of me remember where I read that.
Slan agus beannacht De
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