Ó Gaora, Colm

Colm Ó Gaora was an important figure in the development of Republicanism and the Irish Republican Brotherhood in the west of Ireland and was a leading figure in the first generation of nationalist intellectuals who defined the emergence of the nascent Irish state. O'Gaora grew up in the Connemara Gaeltacht, joined the Irish Volunteers during preperations for the 1916 Rising in Galway in Mayo and was subsequently imprisoned in Dublin and Darthmoore. On his release he returned to Republican activities working with Peadar O'Donnell and was imprisoned again in Galway.