Thomas Kent was born Bawnard House, Castlelyons, Cork, on the 29th August 1865, son of David & Mary (Rice) Kent. Thomas was baptized 31 Aug 1865 at RC Castlelyons.  His baptismal sponsors were David Ryan and Ellen Verling.
Thomas came from a family with a long history of opposing the injustices of British policy in Ireland, particularly as they affected the small farmers in their area.
Thomas joined the Gaelic League, and the Irish Volunteers when they were established in 1913. He and his family were active in their opposition to the establishment, Thomas was arrested several times, spending months in Jail. 
At Easter 1916, the Kent brothers with the Cork Volunteers gathered in Cork, waiting for orders to mobilize. Though the orders were to stand down, four of the Kent brothers, Thomas, William, Richard and David stayed on together in the family home, Bawnard House. Cleaning up after the farmed rebellion in Dublin, the police came to the house with orders to arrest the whole family. They surrounded the house and called for the four brothers to come outside. Thomas replied that they were soldiers of the Irish Republic, there would be no surrender and the police retorted with a volley of shots. The gunfight lasted for four hours. RIC Officer, Head Constable William Rowe was killed, David Kent was seriously wounded, Richard Kent made a dash for freedom and was fatally wounded, Thomas and William Kent were arrested and court-martialled. William was acquitted and Thomas sentenced to death.
Thomas Kent was executed at Cork Detention Barracks on the 9th May 1916. He was buried in the grounds of the Military Detention Barracks (now Cork prison) behind Victoria Barracks (now Collins Barracks). His grave was located, his remains exhumed, he lay in State at Collins Barracks and was given a State Funeral on the 18th September 2015, at St Nicholas' Church in Castlelyons 
In 1966 the railway station in Cork was renamed Kent Station in his honour and the old army married quarters to the rear of Collins Barracks in Cork are named in his honour.
In 1901 Thomas Kent 32 yrs old, single, resided with mother and siblings house 2 in Coole Lower (Coole, Cork) 
In 1911 Thomas Kent 43 yrs old single, resided with mother and brothers at house 3 in Coole Lower (Coole, Cork) 
↑Catholic Parish registers at the NLI. Microfilm 04994 / 04 | Page 80; Castlelyons; County of Cork; Diocese of Cloyne. Baptisms, Mar. 1865 to Jan. 1866