‘Forgotten’ 1916 Rising leader to be given full state funeral

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Enda Kenny has announced that one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising will be given a full state funeral next month.

Thomas Kent was one of the 16 men executed for their role in the rebellion, and the only one apart from Roger Casement to be put to death outside of Dublin.

He was such then referred to as one of the ‘forgotten’ leaders.

DNA tests last June confirmed that a body exhumed from the grounds of Cork Prison was that of Mr Kent, who was 51 when he died.

He will now be honoured with a State funeral on September 18.

“The Government is very glad to offer this honour of a State funeral in memory of the sacrifice of the late Thomas Kent,” Mr Kenny said.

“Thomas Kent was one of many young men who, in pursuit of the foal of Irish freedom paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Mr Kent’s family, who still live in north Cork, want him buried in the family plot in Castlelyons rather than in Glasnevin so that he can be alongside his siblings.

Mr Kenny continued to state that the ceremony would ensure that he ‘is never again described as a forgotten leader of 1916’.


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