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Thomas Whelan
Born 5 October 1898
Clifden, Co. Galway
Died 14 March 1921 (aged 22)
at Mountjoy Jail, Dublin
Nationality Irish
Occupation Railway worker
Known for Executed IRA volunteer : One of The Forgotten Ten

Thomas Whelan (pronounced /ˈhwiːlən/) (5 October 1898 - 14 March 1921) was one of six men executed in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin on 14 March, 1921. He was 22 years old at the time of his death.

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Background

Whelan was born near Clifden, Co. Galway on 5 October 1898, the sixth child of thirteen. [1] He attended Beleek and Clifden, before leaving school at 15 to work on his father's farm. [1] Whelan moved to Dublin at the age of 18 to find work and joined the Irish Volunteers as a member of 'A' Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade.[2][3] He lived at Barrow Street, Ringsend, Dublin and worked at a train depot.[4]

Arrest and execution

He was arrested on 23 November 1920 and, on 1 February 1921, he was charged with the shooting of Captain Baggally, a member of the Cairo Gang on Bloody Sunday (1920). [1] He protested his innocence of the charges. [1] As in the case of Patrick Moran there was eye witness evidence that Whelan had been at Mass at the time the shooting took place.[5] Nonetheless he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. He was hanged at 6am along with Patrick Moran, the first of six men to be executed that day. A crowd estimated at 40,000 gathered outside the prison to pray as the executions took place.

Reinterrment

He was one of a group of men hanged in Mountjoy Prison in the period 1920-1921 which is 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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