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Thomas Bryan
Born 1897
Died March 14, 1921
at Mountjoy Jail Dublin
Nationality Irish
Occupation Electrician
Known for Executed IRA volunteer : One of The Forgotten Ten

Thomas Bryan was member of the Irish Republican Army hanged in Mountjoy Prison on 14 March 1921 along with six other men.



Bryan lived in Henrietta Street, Dublin and was an electrician by trade.[1] He was an experienced IRA Volunteer and a member of the Dublin Brigade's "Active Service Unit".[2] In 1917, he took part in the hunger strike in Mountjoy in which Thomas Ashe died.[3]

Trial and Execution

He was tried by Court-martial on 24 February 1921 for his part in an attempted ambush at Drumcondra on 21 January 1921.[4]. Found guilty of treason he was hanged, aged 24, along with Frank Flood at 8am on the 14 March 1921. Four other men had been hanged at 7am and 6am. It was reported that a crowd of around 40,000 people assembled outside Mountjoy on the morning of the executions.[5] Work was also suspended throughout the city following a call from the Irish Labour Party.[6]

Bryan had married four months before his death.[7]


He is one of a group of men hanged in Mountjoy Prison in the period 1920-1921 commonly referred to as The Forgotten Ten. In 2001 he and the other nine, including Kevin Barry, were exhumed from their graves in the prison and given a full State Funeral. He is now buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.




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