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A Kerry  county councillor is calling for the centenary of the death of patriot Thomas Ashe to be marked by a State commemoration in Kerry.

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Independent councillor Brendan Cronin is putting down a motion at Monday’s meeting of Kerry County Council.
He’s calling on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys to bestow full State honours on the Lispole native who died while on hunger strike in prison in 1917.
Thomas Ashe was born in Lispole in 1885 and was Commandant of the 5th Battalion of the Dublin Brigade that won a major victory in  Co Meath during the 1916 Rising.
In May 1916 both he and Éamon de Valera were court-martialed for their part in the Rising and received death sentences that were later commuted to penal servitude for life.
Ashe was imprisoned in England but later released.
However, he was re-arrested and charged with sedition for a speech he made and sentenced to two years’ hard labour.
He went on hunger strike at Mountjoy Prison in 1917 over the way he and other prisoners were being treated.
He was force fed by prison authorities and died of pneumonia at the Mater Hospital on September 20th, 1917.
Over 30,000 people attended his funeral in Dublin, the biggest public demonstration since the Rising.
He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.
His death is credited with causing a change in public opinion in the fight for independence.
Cllr Cronin says he doesn’t want him to be forgotten.