Thomas Kent (1865–1916), from a farming family near Fermoy, Co. Cork, was involved in land agitation, the Gaelic League, and the Irish Volunteers. In May 1916 he and other family members fought a gun battle with police and military besieging their home, in which a police constable was killed. His brother Richard was fatally shot trying to escape as the family surrendered. Thomas was executed in Cork city on 9 May 1916.
Thomas Kent's biography is taken from the book 1916 Portraits and Lives published by the Royal Irish Academy. 100 prints of the 42 portraits and 3 scenes from the book, signed and numbered by the artist David Rooney, are available to order while quantities last. The original portraits from the book have been acquired for the State Collection by the OPW and will be on exhibit in 2016 at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Read more 1916 biographies.