‘Forgotten’ Irish nationalist given State funeral
On September 18 2015, one of Ireland’s forgotten rebels was laid to rest at his family plot in Cork in a State funeral almost 100 years after his death.
He had not taken part in the Rising itself, but was one of the hundreds of Irish nationalists arrested in the following weeks.
Kent and his three brothers were involved in a gunfight with the RIC as they attempted to avoid arrest. One policemen was killed in the fight, as was one of Kent’s brothers.
Thomas and his brother William were charged with armed rebellion. William was acquitted but Thomas was sentenced to death. He was executed by firing squad at Cork prison on 9th May 1916.
Nearly a hundred years later, Kent was honoured with a the State funeral in Ireland, and his remains were interred into his family plot in Castlelyons, Cork.
The funeral was attended by President Higgins, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivered a graveside oration as recognition of Kent’s fight for his country’s independence.
The eulogy was given by historian Gerry White.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral, and thousands more watched the mass on large television screens that were erected nearby.
The funeral was also broadcast live on RTÉ.
Main Groups:Political Background Irish Republican Brotherhood Irish Volunteer Force Irish Citizen Army Cumann na mBan
The Fighting:The Rebel Plan The Rebels Attack The British Reaction
Aftermath:Leaders Executed Public Reaction Rare photos of the aftermath of the Easter Rising
Modern viewsJohn Bruton criticises leaders Easter Rising centenary events announced Sinn Féin demand Taoiseach block sale of Easter Rising site Work begins on Moore Street commemorative centre Interviews with relatives of the Easter Rising rebels Take a guided tour of the Easter Rising key sites. Narrated by Colin Farrell