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Nation Should Honour Volunteer Thomas Kent in 2016

There is widespread optimism that 2016 - the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising - will see national honours accorded to Volunteer Thomas Kent.

Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, who was active in the successful campaign to have the bodies of the "Forgotten 10" volunteers who were buried in Mountjoy Jail transferred to a more fitting location, has said that he is now hopeful that the remains of Volunteer Thomas Kent will be accorded similar honours. 

Senator Ó Murchú said that 2016 , the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, presents an ideal opportunity for the nation to honour this brave Irish soldier. 

Volunteer Kent is buried in the grounds of Cork Jail. Thomas Kent, together with other members of his family, played a noble and heroic role in pursuit of lreland's independence. 

Thomas Kent, aged 51, was executed in 1916 in the Military Barracks, Cork. His last request was that no Irishman should be asked to shoot him. The firing squad was provided by the Scottish Borderers. He was attended by Fr. Sexton before he died.

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