Thomas McDonagh remembered

May 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Ireland

It is the centenary of the death of Thomas McDonagh, a hundred years ago today, he was taken to the stonebreakers’ yard at Kilmainham and shot by a firing squad. Being English and growing up in a household where there was always a great respect for British servicemen, there was also a deep regard for all who had died in conflicts. From teenage years onward there was a respect for Irish rebels.  The leaders of the 1916 Rising were heroic figures.

The passing years raised questions about our naive idealism, but some …