Tomás Ághas [Thomas Ashe]
Leo Whelan, 1917.
|Main Creator:||Whelan, Leo, 1892-1956, artist|
Colour lithographic print, featuring the original 1917 painting by Leo Whelan of Thomas Ashe, wearing a kilt, made of green material and playing the uileann pipes. Title in Cló Gaelach underneath image: Tomás Ághas [Thomas Ashe, his name in Irish]. Lithographs such as this were issued in the aftermath of Ashe's death - Ashe was the leader of the I.V. Fingal Battalion which he led into battle with British forces at Ashbourne, Co. Meath in the 1916 Rising; he was sentenced to death but this was commuted to penal servitude; he was subsequently released under the June 1917 Amnesty but re-arrested In August 1917 for sedition and sentenced to one year's hard labour at a court martial in September. Sent to Mountjoy Prison, he and other prisoners started a hunger strike as part of a campaign to be treated as prisoners of war rather than as common criminals; he died as a result of force-feeding on 25 September, 1917. He was the first Irish political prisoner to die on hunger strike.
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Note: Title in Cló Gaelach.
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[S.l. : s.n., n.d., ca. 1917-1918].
Physical description: 1 print : col. lithograph, image 38.1 x 25.2 cm, on sheet 40.6 x 56.2 cm..
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|PD ASHE-TH (1) III||
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Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.