BATU were honoured to attend the unveiling of a memorial to Thomas “Corkie” Walsh in St Finbarr’s Cemetery Cork.
Thomas was a member of the Cork branch of the Ancient Guild of Incorporated Brick and Stone layers ( one of the constituent Unions of BATU) until he moved to Dublin in 1914, he then transferred to the Dublin branch in Cuffe Street.
Thomas joined the Irish Citizens Army in 1915.
He was captured in City Hall in 1916 and like his other comrades was sentenced to death, this was then commuted to 10 years penal servitude .
He was sent to jail in England and then moved to Frongoch prison in Wales.
While in prison the Union in Cuffe Street sent his sisters money to live on.
Thomas returned to Dublin after his release in 1916 but due to the hardship Thomas had endured in prison his health declined and sadly Thomas died of cardiac failure and pneumonia in St Vincent’s Hospital on 2 March 1918.
A hugh crowd lined the Streets of Cork to show their respect for this great Irish man.
Deputy General Secretary Andy Smith along with members of the National Executive Council attended the memorial which was addressed by Andy Smith and other speakers.