WE NEVER FORGET: Irish Rebels Executed at Kilmainham Gaol Before Dawn, May 3, 1916
You cannot conquer Ireland;
you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom.
― Pádraig Pearse
WE NEVER FORGET
Thomas James Clarke
A British soldier who took part in the executions of Thomas MacDonagh, Pádraig Pearse, and Tom Clarke recorded the grim proceedings in his journal:
At 3.45 the first rebel MacDonoghue was marched in blindfolded, and the firing party placed 10 paces distant. Death was instantaneous. The second, P.H. Pierce whistled as he came out of the cell...The same applied to him. The third, J.H. Clarke, an old man, was not quite so fortunate, requiring a bullet from the officer to complete the ghastly business.
Pádraig Pearse, also known as Patrick, was President of the Irish Republic which was declared Easter Monday on the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin. He signed the Proclamation of Independence as P. H. Pearse, and according to some, was its author. He was a founding member of the Irish Volunteers and Commander in Chief of the Irish forces.
Pearse bids his mother good-bye:
The Poem by Patrick Pearse for his mother:
Go forth to die amidst the scorn of men,
Receive my first-born son into thy arms
Who also goeth forth to die for men;
And keep him by thee till I come to him.
Dear Mary, I have shared thy sorrows,
And soon shall share thy joys.
-P. H. P.
Thomas James Clarke
Thomas Clarke was the elder among the Irish Rebels, and he was given the honor of placing his signature as the first on the Proclamation of Independence. He was the only American citizen among the executed Irish Rebels, having been naturalized in Brooklyn during his years spent living in America.
While living in New York, he met Kathleen Daly and they were married and lived there together for seven years. After they returned to Dublin they opened a tobacconist shop, and it was that shop that became a meeting place for planing the Easter Rising.
Message to the Irish People:
Just after midnight in the early hours of Wednesday May 3rd, Kathleen was taken from her own prison cell and allowed a brief supervised visit with Thomas. She was pregnant with their fourth child, but did not tell him. Through Kathleen, Thomas was able to send out a farewell message to the Irish people:
I and my fellow signatories believe we have struck the first successful blow for Irish freedom. The next blow, which we have no doubt Ireland will strike, will win through.
In this belief, we die happy.
Thomas J Clarke. Kilmainham Jail, 3rd May 1916.
Thomas MacDonagh fought at Jacobs Biscuit Factory during the Easter Rising and was the commandant in charge there. He was one of the seven who signed the Proclamation of Independence and the first of the Irish Rebels to be executed. He was a teacher, an author and a poet.
A few hours before his execution, he wrote the following letter to his wife, Muriel Gifford MacDonagh:
"Patrick Pearse whistled on way to his execution" by James O'Shea
"A guide to the historical figures and moments of the 1916 Easter Rising" by Dermot McEvoy
The Executed Leaders of the 1916 Rising
History of the Sinn Fein Movement and
the Irish Rebellion of 1916
-by Francis P Jones
Chapter LXII. The Blood-Lust of the English
The 1916 Easter Rising Dublin Ireland, Tom Clarke
Patrick Henry Pearse, 1879-1916, Irish Rebel
Irish Rebels, Patrick Pearse to his mother, May 3, 1916
Irish Rebels, Thomas J Clarke, 1857-1916
Irish Rebels of 1916, Kathleen Daly Clark
Irish Rebels, Thomas MacDonagh, 1878-1916
Irish Rebels of 1916, Letter of Thomas MacDonagh to wife, 1
Irish Rebels of 1916, Letter of Thomas MacDonagh to wife, 2
Note: MacDonagh & Pearse were both poets. A sampling of some of their poetry can be found here:
C99 Tag: Easter Rising of 1916
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"1916 courts martial and executions: Sound reasons to be wary of ‘official’ records" -by Sean Enright
Kathleen Clarke on last visit with Thomas
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Song for Patrick Pearce
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Song for Thomas MacDonagh
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Song for Thomas Clarke
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