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Thomas O'Loghlen Plaque
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Ennistymon Plaques and Memorials
Thomas O'Loghlen Plaque

"Thomas O'Loghlen
Who Lived Here
Suaimhneas Sior Ai Da Anam"

(Located at Church Street, Ennistymon)

Born and educated in Carron, North Clare, Volunteer Thomas O'Loghlen (or Tomas O'Lochlainn) - 5th Battalion, Mid Clare Brigade - was a pioneer of the Sinn Fein and Volunteer movements in the Carron area prior to 1916. Up to 1914, Sinn Fein had only one branch in Co. Clare, and this was in Carron. Also, there were but two I.R.B. Circles in Clare, and one of them (unofficial) centred around O'Loghlen when he resided here in Ennistymon. He was responsible for swearing in new recruits, and instructing them in the use of firearms. Many of the men enrolled by him into the I.R.B. later became officers of the Irish Volunteers and the I.R.A. After the Easter Rising of 1916, Thomas O'Loghlen was one of only two people arrested in North Clare and because of his advanced age he spent only a few weeks in prison.

O'Loghlen died in September 1918 from influenza, and was buried in Carron graveyard. An I.R.B. firing party was organised for the funeral. The R.I.C. in attendance were forced to turn their backs while the volleys were discharged, so that the shooters could not be identified. 

The house on Church Street where the plaque is sited was until recently the residence and drapery business of the late Donagh O'Loghlen.


Ennistymon: Plaques and Memorials