Civil War letters donated to museum
A collection of letters written by Civil War participant Tom Lennon ahead of his execution in 1923 will go on display at the County Museum, Dundalk in early February. The correspondence, which was donated to the museum by Lennon’s family, includes the final emotion-filled letter he wrote to his mother ahead of his execution. Lennon was one of a number of men who was killed by firing squad by Free State Forces at the Army Barracks in Dundalk in 1923, following the discovery of a gun in a car in which he was travelling.
County Museum Dundalk curator, Brian Walsh explained: ‘ These letters highlight the aftermath of the Easter Rising, reminding us not only of the impact of the War of Independence, but of the Civil War that followed.
‘ That is why these letters are so important - they take us back to the actual execution of participants. Anyone who reads these letters can feel the emotional strain that these people were under, and we can only imagine the hurt Tom’s mother felt when reading these words.’’
Donating the letters to the Museum, Lennon’s niece, Maureen Lennon-Smyth said: ‘We wanted as many people as possible to see these letters, to see the story of how people gave their lives and the pain that our family and others endured as a result’.
Mr Walsh said that it was a truly humbling experience to receive such a collection.
Maureen Lennon Smyth, along with Anne Kirwan and John Smyth make a presentation of letters written by executed Civil War participant, Tom Lennon to Brian Walsh and Anita McEneaney in the County Museum.