Thomas Ashe 3

Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of a National Hero

- artist Paul D’Arcy

Thomas Patrick Ashe was a man who gave a lasting legacy to the community of Lusk and had a profound effect on the nation of Ireland.

The concept of this sculpture is to portray Thomas Ashe as a cultural revivalist which was the root of all his beliefs. These he expressed as a school master in Corduff National School, by his foundation of the Black Raven pipe band and Gaelic Athletic Association in Lusk.

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Thomas Patrick Ashe was a member of the Gaelic League, the Irish Republican brotherhood and founding member of the Irish volunteers. Ashe was a cornerstone in making people aware of their Irish roots. As with many other artists, poets, teachers and intellectuals, a natural progression to re-capturing one’s Irish roots was self-determination on a political level for Ireland. This inevitably led to his wish for Irish independence in 1916.

Lusk as his 'second home', is the most important location in which he expressed his cultural beliefs within a community. The sculpture is to represent this part of his life. This is not to deny his political beliefs but to magnify the cultural roots from which those beliefs sprung.

To complete the sculpture it is proposed using a photograph of Thomas Ashe taken while he was living in Lusk around 1910 as a basis. It clearly depicts his interest in reviving the Irish cultural roots.

Working with the Black Raven pipe band, the GAA and Lusk Heritage it is proposed that using the above mentioned photograph and the current Lusk national school principle to act as a life model for the sculpture will bring Thomas Ashe’s legacy full circle. Ashe was also a school master in the near by Corduff national school.

Community & Tourism

The Thomas Ashe sculpture would be a reminder to the community of Lusk that the place in which they live is steeped in history and had a profound effect on the creation of our country. As a result it will bring an added pride to the community.
In conjunction with the ancient Lusk round tower the sculpture will create an extra point of interest and have a wide appeal both nationally and internationally. It is envisaged that tourists with Irish heritage would be attracted to the site due to Thomas Ashe’s international fame.

 Crowdfunding this sculpture

Celebrating Thomas Ashe’s centenary is important. This is the reason that so much time has been dedicated in trying to achieve this project, even without the necessary funds in place.

It is a leap of faith that people will see the benefit of this project and support it.

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 About the artist

Paul D’Arcy is an artist who spent his teenage years in Lusk and setup his first studio there, in a farmyard belonging to the Taylor family. His ties to Lusk and its community are ingrained.
As a professional artist for the past 25 years, some of his more recognised sculptural projects include the Rush Millbank theatre ‘Oscar’ sculpture and the Floraville ‘Embracing Seals’ sculpture in Skerries. His artwork is included in public collections including Fingal County Council, the Office of Public Works and in private and corporate collections in Ireland and abroad.

“I who grew up in Lusk and was very aware of Thomas Ashe’s contribution nationally and as a local community activist. Ashe was a school teacher, poet, artist and had a political awareness for self determination. My fascination for this Irish hero was further re-enforced with family connections and summer school holidays spent down round his home town of Kinard, Lispole and Dingle in county Kerry.

Because of both our connections with Lusk I have been developing a life size sculpture of him but was having trouble finding all the finance that's required to complete such a large Irish limestone carving and this is why we're appealing to the Irish and diaspora around the world to make what ever contribution they can.”

Historical impact of Thomas Ashe

Nothing brings home the influence Thomas Ashe had on the psyche of the Irish people than this video of his funeral in 1917.

It is our hope that the memorial sculpture be completed and in place for 25th September 2017 ; the anniversary of Thomas Ashe’s death. Which occurred in the Mater hospital Dublin after going on hunger strike in Mountjoy jail where he had been incarcerated by the authorities.

Site Location of Sculpture

There are a number of locations suitable but no final decision has been made on the location. Consultation with both the local county council and the community are still on going. Updates regarding it's location will be posted here and on our facebook page.

Scale of artwork

The scale of the sculpture will be approximately 7 foot in height and will be made of Irish limestone which is in keeping with the environment and site for the sculpture and reflective of the person we are celebrating.


The proposal envisages that the memorial sculpture be completed and in place for 25th September 2017. Due to the size and scale of this project, it would be envisaged that the project would take nine months to execute and install. Approval for the statue has been given by community associations in Lusk including the Blackraven Pipe Band , the Round Towers GAA , Lusk Heritage Association and Lusk Tidy Towns. Currently we are in discussions with Fingal County Council regarding planning permission.

Contact Information

If you have any positive information you wish to contribute to move this project forward please use the information provided below as an initial contact point.

Paul D’Arcy
Milverton, Skerries
Co. Dublin , Ireland
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Updated : January 2017

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