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Thomas Bannon (Tomás Ó Banáin) was born in St Mary’s Parish, Athlone in 1881. He began his teaching career as a monitor in St Michael’s Boys’ National School, Longford. He then went to St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in September 1901 to embark on a two-year training course. While a student, Bannon became involved in the Celtic Literary Society.
Bannon had a deep interest in the Irish language and was a founder member of the first Gaelic League branch in Longford town in 1900. He was also a member of the Irish Volunteers in Longford town.
On Tuesday, 25 April 1916, he accompanied Frank McGuinness and his niece Brigid Lyons to Dublin to take part in the Rising. Bannon was attached to the Four Courts garrison for the rest of the Rising. He returned to Longford but was later arrested and briefly interned in Richmond Barracks.
Tom Bannon was active during the War of Independence and interned at Ballykinlar, Co. Down. Later, he helped to found the Feis Naoimh Mel. He died in 1936.
|Parents Names:||Son of Patrick Bannon and Anna Maria (née Flood), Ward's Terrace.|