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Thomas Ashe Lyrics And Chords. Written By Martin Dardis..I'm a strong believer that the men and women that gave their lives for Ireland should never be forgotten , that's why I wrote this song .Thomas ashe was from Co. Kerry and moved to Dublin where he became a teacher in Curduff national school at Lusk north Co.Dublin. He played a strong part in the rising of 1916 and led attacks throughout north Co.Dublin on the British army /R.I.C.He died at the Mater hospital Dublin from being force fed while on hunger strike.Michael Collins gave the oration at his funeral. The air is a slow version of ''The Rising Of The Moon''
The Chorus Of The Song Was Written By Thomas Ashe and while writing the song I though it would be a fitting tribute.

   [C]Let me carry your cross for Ireland Lord
   For my cares in this[G] world are few
   And[F] few are the tears that will[C] fall for me
   When I[G] go on my way to[C] you
[C]From that meeting place at Knocksedan
To Ashborne[G] Town did march
Tom[F] Ashe and his[C] gallant band
True[G] patriots every[C] man
They[C] placed the green above the red
As they bravely[G] made their[C] way
Pre[F]pared to make that am[C]bush
It's for Ireland's[G] cause we[C] say
[Repeat chorus]
He was captured and transported
To an English jail to stay
Far from his home in Kinard
He vowed to make them pay
With his fellow freedom fighters
He struggled for the way
To light the torch of freedom
And bring forth Erin's day.
[Repeat chorus]
So another son of Ireland
In the fight for liberty
Is gone but not forgotten
Goes down in history
Tom Ashe and his gallant band
True patriots every man
They placed the green above the red
As they bravely made their stand

Thomas Ashe grave

The National Graves Association

Thomas Ashe was a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry. An active member of the Gaelic League. At the time of the 1916 Rising he was employed as a National School Teacher in Corduff, near Swords. He took a leading part in the Volunteer operations in the Co. Dublin, notably that of Ashbourne, where a fierce conflict between police and insurgents took place, lasting five hours. The police casualties were heavy: the County and District Inspectors, two sergeants and four constables were killed, and 16 constables wounded" The Volunteer casualties were slight.
After the surrender Thomas Ashe was tried by court-martial. He was sentenced to death. This was com­muted to penal servitude for life. He was released at the General Amnesty', 1917.
After his release he addressed a number of meetings. Charged with sedition in a speech at Ballinalee, he was convicted on the evidence of police 'mental note takers,' and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. He was committed to Mount joy, where several other political prisoners were confined. He went on hunger strike as a protest against criminal status. After six days he was removed to the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, where he died five hours after admission.
The inquest was one of the most sensational in history. It lasted eleven days, and some of the leading counsel were engaged. The verdict sums up the whole case as follows:
We find the deceased, Thomas Ashe, according to the medical evidence of Prof. McSweeney, Sir Arthur Chance, and Sir Thomas Myles, died of heart failure and congestion of the lungs, on the 25th September, and that it was caused by the punishment of taking away from his cell the bed, bedding, boots, and left to lie on the cold floor for fifty hours, and then subjected to forcible feeding in his weak condition, after a hunger strike of five or six days. We censure the Castle authorities for not acting more promptly, especially when the grave condition of the deceased and other prisoners was brought under their notice by the Lord Mayor and Sir John Irwin. That the hunger strike was adopted against the inhuman punishment inflicted, and as a protest against their being treated as criminals, and demanding to be treated as political prisoners in the first division. We condemn forcible or mechanical feedings as an inhuman and dangerous operation, and should be discontinued.
' That the assistant doctor called in, having no previous practice in such operations, administered unskillfully forcible feeding. That the taking away of the deceased's bed, bedding and boots was an unfeeling and barbarous act, and we censure the Deputy Governor for violating the prison rules and inflicting punishment which he had no power to do, but we infer he was acting under in­structions from the Prisons Board of the Castle, which refused to give evidence and documents asked for."
On the following Saturday night an official statement was issued from the Privy Council, granting concessions to prisoners. Modification of treatment was decided on. So by his death Thomas Ashe won the prisoners' fight— that was in 1917.
During the 1920-'21 War of Independence, Terence McSwiney and Michael Fitzgerald died. Joseph Murphy died in Cork of 5 days' fast. In September-November, 1923, 8,000 political prisoners were on hunger strike as a protest against scandalous jail condi­tions. Two prisoners died. Denis Barry in Newbridge barracks, after 34 days, and


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