Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his “deep shock and sadness” at news of the sudden death of Shane Mac Thomáis, resident historian and tour guide at Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum in Dublin.
Mac Thomáis, a former member of Sinn Féin, was a son of Éamon Mac Thomáis, also a noted historian, author and republican.
Gerry Adams said:
“It is with deep shock and sadness that I learned of the death of historian, author and republican Shane MacThomáis.
“I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Shane’s daughter Morgane, his mother Rosaleen and to the Mac Thomáis family at this sad time.
“I knew Shane both personally and politically. He was an exemplary member of Sinn Féin.
"Shane did extremely valuable work as resident historian for Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum and his communication of Irish history was entertaining, insightful and above all passionate.
“He was loved by many people and was a hugely popular figure from his tours of Glasnevin Cemetery and through his TV and radio appearances.
“Shane was a committed Irish republican. He brought the same passion and enthusiasm to his political involvement as he did to his writing and historical work. His contribution to Sinn Féin’s Céad Blian, 100th anniversary celebrations in 2005 was invaluable.
“Shane Mac Thomáis will be missed and deeply mourned by many people throughout Ireland.
“Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam.”