by James Langton:
Heroine of the War of Independence, Dr. Brigid Lyons-Thornton, a native of Co. Roscommon, who, after the death of her mother, moved to Longford to live with her uncle. A medical student, and aged about twenty at the time of the Easter Rising, she served in the Four Courts, during Easter Week 1916. After the surrender, she was imprisoned in Kilmainham, and from her cell she heard the volleys as the leaders of the rising were executed. After her release from prison she continued her medical studies and qualified as a doctor. She served in the Free State army and was Commissioned by Michael Collins in 1922, she became the only woman officer in the army. She later married Capt. Eddie Thornton of Toomore.
Dr. Brigid died aged 91 and was interred on Easter Monday 1987 in Toomore graveyard. Members of the Western Command rendered military honours at her burial and her coffin was draped in the Tricolour. Her grave is marked by the memorial plaque shown below.