A number of commemorative events are in the process of being organised to remember Thomas Beirne (1879 - 1921), who was killed by The Black & Tans.
Covid-19 has disrupting commemorative ceremonies, but Tom will be remembered in a booklet, a plaque and other events, like a trans-Atlantic concert, as soon as restrictions allow.
Des Guckian, who has written a booklet on Tom’s life and death, explained, “My grand-uncle, Thomas Beirne, was a victim of The Black & Tans. He was 42 years old when he was brutally shot and left for dead, near Fearglass, in Gortletteragh parish, close to the Leitrim / Longford border.
“His ‘crime’ was that he wished to free Ireland from British Imperial domination. A week later, on May 1, 1921, Tom died in the care of my grand-mother. She was Margaret Campbell (nee Beirne), wife of Pat. They and their six children lived at Cloonohill, which is about a mile from Fearglass.