While history may have forgotten Thomas Bates, he was accorded military honours at his funeral 65 years ago. His contribution in the War of Independence and Civil War deserves the same respect today as it did back then. Now we can re-tell his story for a new audience.OriginsThomas Peter Bates was born on 28 June 1896 in Portrane, a small coastal village in north Co. Dublin. Its most well-known feature apart from the sandy beach is the former St. Ita’s Mental Hospital (originally named Lunatic Asylum), an imposing red-bricked complex visible for miles around. In later life he would work there. But he would have some interesting adventures before that.Where Thomas Bates was born and lived most of his life ...

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