Thomas MacDonagh was drawn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood through his strong sense of social justice, becoming a member of the Provisional Government and a signatory of the 1916 Easter Proclamation. He was executed on May 3rd, 1916 in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.
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Shane Kenna was a Doctor of modern Irish history with an interest in late Victorian and Edwardian Irish nationalism. He was a regular media presence with Newstalk Radio, Near FM, BBC Radio 4 and wrote for Irish Academic Press, The O'Brien Press, History Ireland, the BBC History Magazine and Kilmainham Tales. Shane lectured at Trinity College, Dublin and Saor Ollscoil na hEireann University and also designed modules on Irish history for the American College, Arcadia Universityas well as organising and managing several courses on Modern History and has spoken at over thirty international academic conferences. Shane published several books on Irish history including a biography on 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, and the Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa whose funeral in 1915 is seen as the precurser to the Easter Rising the following year. Shane has also written about the Fenian Dynamite Campaign and Fenianism. He died in February 2017.Review:
This series of sympathetic biographies attempts to show the day-to-day lives of the rebel leaders and the Ireland in which they lived ... These two biographies are valuable additions to the historiography of the Rising and revolution, especially in highlight the diverging ambitions, desires and visions of the men who organised it -- Dublin Review of Books Kenna has a gift for finding the right quotation to make his point -- tintean.org
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