ASHE, Thomas. A Story that will Never Die. Died for Ireland September 25th, 1917. The story of Ashe’s life and death, told in mainly blank verse, circa 350 lines set in four columns with a portrait of Ashe, the whole within black borders, image circa 48 x 34.5cms, verso blank, no publisher named, circa 1917. Strongly mounted on backing board behind double dark green window mount and clear mylar. The poem is unsigned, but similar to items which have been ascribed to John Francis (Sean) McEntee, a Belfast man (later a Fianna Fail Minister) who took part in the Easter Rising, and published a volume of poems around this time. The
attribution is unproven, but is plausible in our view. Fine. Very scarce.
‘Till Emmet’s name is writ on Emmet’s tomb,
Till Erin, free, springs from the future’s womb,
Till Nations triumph and great Empires crash,
We will remember the story of Thomas Ashe.’
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