1916 – Easter Rising Leaders | Pádraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh shot dead by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol.

The first of the 1916 rebels were shot dead in the Stonebreakers’ Yard at Kilmainham Gaol after being found guilty (without legal defense or jury) of taking part “in an armed rebellion for the purposes of assisting the enemy.” The fact that they were involved in armed rebellion is beyond doubt, but the primary purpose […]

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1858 – Irish revolutionary Thomas James Clarke is born of Irish parents on the Isle of Wight and arguably the person most responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising.

“I have lived to see the greatest hour in Irish history.” –Thomas Clarke As seemed often the case, Clarke’s father was in the British army. At a young age, Clarke took up the nationalist cause, joining the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). In 1883, he was sentenced to penal servitude for life for treason (planning bomb […]

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