Irish-based historian, Gabriel Doherty, will mark the centennial of the death of Thomas Ashe with a lecture on the impact of Ashe's passing while on hunger strike in 1917. The Ashe lecture will be paired with a screening of Rebel Rossa, which unpacks the legacy of the New York-based Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa through the eyes of his descendants. Screening and lecture will be followed by Q&A with director and producer, Williams Rossa Cole, and Gabriel Doherty.
Presented in partnership with NYU's Center for Media, Culture and History.
September 2017 marks the centenaries of the death and funeral of Thomas Ashe (1885-1917). Originally from Kerry and a teacher by profession, Ashe was a prominent activist in many of the major nationalist and republican organisations of the pre-independence period, and during the Easter Rising successfully led the Irish Volunteers at the battle of Ashbourne in Co. Meath (the most significant military engagement outside Dublin during the Rising). Imprisoned thereafter, he became a key figure in the revival of separatist republicanism in 1916-17. This led to his incarceration in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison in 1917. In August 1917 he and a number of other republican prisoners went on hunger strike, and Ashe died in the Mater Hospital on 25 September 1917 after being force-fed by the prison authorities. His subsequent funeral and burial on 30 September in Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery became a significant milestone in the campaign for independence.
The official state commemoration for Ashe took place in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on Friday 22 September, 2018 and a range of events to mark the Ashe centenary is taking place around Ireland and in the US.
Gabriel Doherty teaches in the Department of History, University College Cork. He received his BA in Modern History from Oxford University, having studied at Magdalen College between 1986 and 1989. He publishes widely on all aspects of twentieth century Irish history. He also develops the specialism in the field of the history of criminal justice within the state, and with a particular emphasis upon completion of his PhD on the history of the Irish prison system. He works to promote the study and knowledge of the Irish revolutionary period.