Thomas Clarke

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Thomas Clarke had been imprisoned before 1916 because of his involvement in other fights for Irish freedom. He was a member of the Fenians and was also one if the leaders of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (I.R.B.) in 1916. He spent fifteen years in penal labour (forced to do hard work as a form of punishment) for his role in a bombing campaign in London between 1883 and 1898. He was a member of the Supreme Council of the I.R. B. from 1915 and was one of the rebels who planned the 1916 Rising. He was the first signatory of the Proclamation of Independence and was with the group that occupied the G. P. O. † He was executed on the 3rd of May 1916.