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Thomas MacDonagh was born in Cloughgordon, county Tipperary in 1878. His parents were teachers : father Joseph MacDonagh from Roscommon and mother Mary Parker from Dublin.
He moved to Dublin to study, and was the first teacher on the staff at St. Enda’s, the school he helped to found with Patrick Pearse. Thomas MacDonagh was well versed in literature, his enthusiasm and erudition earning him a position in the English department at University College Dublin. His play When the Dawn is Come was produced at the Abbey theatre, Dublin.
Thomas MacDonagh was appointed director of training for the Irish Volunteers in 1914, later joining the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and was appointed to the I. R. B. military committee in 1916. Thomas MacDonagh was commander of the Second Battalion of Volunteers that occupied Jacob’s biscuit factory in and the surrounding houses during the 1916 Rising in Dublin.
Thomas MacDonagh married Muriel Gifford, they had two children, Donagh and Barbara.
He was executed at Kilmainham Jail on 3 May 1916.
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