Eight fascinating facts about Theobald Wolfe Tone to celebrate the Irish revolutionary hero's birthday

Eight fascinating facts about Theobald Wolfe Tone to celebrate the Irish revolutionary hero's birthday

IRISH rebellion leader Theobald Wolfe Tone is the historical figure largely thought to be the father of Irish republicanism.

Wolfe Tone, who was born in Dublin on June 20, 1763, was a barrister and politician at a time when the Parliament of Ireland was undergoing a series of changes, including the repeal of Ponyings Law which allowed for the Parliament of Ireland to legislate itself.

Tone was famous for attempting to overthrow English rule in Ireland in the 1798 Rebellion and taking his own life before the English could hang him when he was captured while attempting to land in Donegal with a French fleet of 3,000 soldiers.


1. Although historically Wolfe Tone is said to have taken his own life, there are some people who have questioned this supposed fact. Some have even published studies, including this article by the Irish Journal of Medical Science, questioning whether he committed suicide or was assassinated

2. The Wolfe Tone Society, an organisation with similar aims to the Society of United Irishmen, was set up in 1964 after the bi-centenary of the birth of Wolfe Tone with the aim of achieving a united Ireland

3. Wolfe Tone was buried in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare and his grave is being taken care of by the National Graves Association - an association whose aim is to maintain the graves of Irish republicans

Wolfe Tone's grave in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare

4. Wolfe Tone has been commemorated with his own streets in many parts of Ireland, including Dublin (Wolfe Tone Square), Limerick (Wolfe Tone Street) and Galway (Wolfe Tone Bridge)

Wolfe Tone square in Dublin

Wolfe Tone Bridge in Galway Wolfe Tone Bridge: revamp pland next year.

5. Statues have also been erected in honour of Wolfe Tone, one in Bantry where he had landed with French troops for the unsuccessful attempt to overthrow English rule in 1796 and one in Ireland's capital, Dublin, which was erected in 1963

The Wolfe Tone memorial in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

6. According to ireland-calling.com, the statue that was erected in Bantry was looking out to sea. This, according to the website, was "taken to be symbolic of the hope for French help, rather than a literal portrayal of where Wolfe Tone was at any precise moment in time"

The Wolfe Tone statue in Bantry

7. An Irish traditional music band, The Wolfe Tones, which was set up in 1963 named itself after Wolfe Tone

Wolfe Tones members (Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle and Tommy Byrne)

8. The first GAA football cup was held in Frongoch, Wales in June 2016 in commemoration of Wolfe Tone. Hertfordshire competed against Yorkshire and the matched ended Hertfordshire 2-12 Yorkshire 1-04