Easter Rising leader Thomas Clarke remembered in Tyrone
Hundreds of republicans yesterday attended the unveiling of a statue in Co Tyrone in memory of Easter Rising leader Thomas Clarke.
The life-size statue was unveiled after a parade through his home town of Dungannon organised by the Thomas Clarke 1916 Society.
Clarke was one of the signatories of the proclamation and a main organiser of the uprising.
He was executed for his actions and the 100th anniversary of his death is tomorrow.
The Clarke family maintained their links with the town in the years after his death and the local GAA club is named after him.
Dungannon-based independent councillor Barry Monteith described Clarke as its “most famous son” and said up to 2,000 people attended the event.
“Thomas Clarke’s name, along with those of his fellow signatories, is ingrained into the Irish psyche,” he said.
“They are the founding fathers of the republic we all hope to build.
“The bravery and sacrifice shown by these men and their comrades have been an inspiration to the Irish people since 1916.”
The centenary of Thomas Clark’s death will be marked by candle-lit vigil through Dungannon tomorrow at 9.30pm.