Tom Clarke was the first signatory of the 1916 proclamation and one of the main instigators of the 1916 Rising.
He was also a family man with a wife and three young children. His father was from Errew in Carrigallen.
He was great friends with his fellow signatory and KIltyclogher man Sean MacDiarmada.
The play “Tom Clarke’s One True Love’, written by Killian McGuinness and performed by the Corn Mill Theatre Group, dramatizes the life of Tom Clarke, the public and private man.
It covers the time span from 1830 when his father James was born to Clarke’s execution 1916.
During the course of the performance we meet Clarke, his wife Kathleen, Winifred Carney, James Connolly’s secretary, McKenzie-Booth a British medical officer, Patrick Pearse, a British recruit, Thomas Junior, and a member of Cumman na mBan.
It is at times heartbreakingly sad but peppered with comedy.
Performances take place in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on July 20, 21, 22, 28 and 30.
Booking on 0494339612.