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Thomas Henry Burke
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Birth: May 29, 1829
Tuam
County Galway, Ireland
Death: May 6, 1882
Islandbridge
County Dublin, Ireland

Permanent Under-Secretary in the Irish Office, the head of the Irish Civil Service.
He was assassinated by The Invincibles in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday 6th May 1882.

Second son, of seven, of William Burke [d.1877] of Glinsk, and Fanny Xaviera Tucker, formerly of Brook Lodge, Sussex, England.
He was born at Waterslade House, Knocknagur, Tuam, Co. Galway.
Brother of Augustus Burke, a painter, and Lt.-Col. Theobald Henry Burke, who inherited the title 13th Baronet Burke of Glinsk, Co. Galway.

He was the principal target of the assassins, due to the government policy of coercion during the Land War. A Catholic, he was regarded as pro-British and opposed to Irish Nationalism.
He was walking in The Phoenix Park with the newly arrived Chief Secretary, Lord Frederick Cavendish , when they were attacked by a group of nine men. It was believed that the identity of Cavendish was unknown to his assailant, and that he was killed because he had witnessed the killing of Burke. Cavendish was related by marriage to the British Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone.
Burke was killed by Tim Kelly, and Cavendish was killed by Joe Brady.

Burke's funeral took place on Tuesday 9th May 1882.

He is noted in Wikipedia
Thomas Henry Burke

For the grave of The Invincible
James "Skin the Goat" Fitzharris, who is also buried in Glasnevin cemetery, hit on the following link
James "Skin-the-Goat" Fitzharris


A "virtual cemetery" for all those involved in The Invincibles has been created.
Irish National Invincibles



 
 
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 Parents:
  William Burke (1799 - 1877)
 
Inscription:
Written around the base of the plinth.
Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Henry Burke Murdered in the Phoenix Park May 6th 1882
He blessed God and was beloved Wisdom [remaining two words are unclear]
 
Burial:
Glasnevin Cemetery
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland
Plot: ZB 74 & 75
 
Created by: John
Record added: Feb 14, 2010
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Thomas Henry Burke
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Thomas Henry Burke
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- TLH
 Added: Feb. 16, 2010
 
 
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