Edward Thomas Kent or in Irish Éamonn Ceannt one of the 7 signers of the Irish Proclamation. Easter Rising 1916 100 year commemoration 2016
I leave for the guidance of other
revolutionaries, who may tread
the path which I have trod,
this advice; never treat
with the enemy, never
to surrender to his mercy,
but to fight to a finish.
(Final letter to his wife)
I die a noble death,
for Ireland’s freedom.
Men and women will vie
with one another to shake
your dear hand. Be proud of
me as I am and ever was of you.
Ireland has shown she is a Nation.
This generation can claim to have
raised sons as brave as any that
went before. And in the years to
come Ireland will honour those
who risked all for her honour
at Easter in 1916.
I expect the death sentence
which better men have already
suffered. I only regret that I have
now no longer an opportunity of showing
how I think of you now that the chance of
seeing you again is so remote. I shall die like
a man for Ireland’s sake.