After our short piece on the monument at the Rath Cross, we were asked for some more information on Thomas Ashe.
Thomas Ashe was born in 1885 at Kinard near Dingle in County Kerry. He went on to train to be a primary school teacher, qualifying in 1907. After teaching for a short while in the Dingle area he moved to Fingal when he became principal of Corduff National School, near Lusk.He taught here from 1908 until 1916.
Ashe enjoyed Irish music and sport and was one of those who founded the Fingal League to provide organised football and hurling in the area. Himself a musician, he was one of the founding members of the Black Raven Pipe Band in 1910. His interest in things Irish brought him to join the Irish Volunteers where he took charge of the Fingal volunteers.
Thomas Ashe died while on hunger strike in September 1917.
The poem ‘Let Me Carry Your Cross For Ireland’ was written while in prison in England.