Thomas Davis gets official stamp of approval

Up to 60 people from Mallow, including teacher and student representatives from the three secondary schools and public repre-sentatives, led by the chairman of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal Auth-ority, John Paul O’Shea, are in Dublin today, Thurs-day, to attend the official unveiling of the first edition of a Thomas Davis special commemorative stamp. The ceremony will take place in the House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green, with Mal-low native Seán Sherlock, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, doing the honours.

Earlier another commem-orative event will take place in nearby Trinity College, followed by the laying of wreaths at the Davis statue in Dame Street by Minister Sher-lock, on behalf of the government, and Aideen Carroll, granddaughter of Seán Moylan, on behalf of Mallow Development Partnership.

Joining those at the special event will be a group of Mallow-born people domiciled in Dublin for many years who have kept contact with their home town over the decades, but especially in this year of the Davis bicentenary. It is also expected that Donnacha Ó Dualing of RTÉ ‘Fáilte Isteach’ fame will attend.

Other Thomas Davis-themed events to look forward to include the local launch of the Davis postage stamp tomorrow (Friday) in An Post at 3pm; ‘Davis 200: A Play For Voices’, in the Aemilian Theatre next Tuesday, 14th October at 8pm; a primary schools’ Davis comm-emoration in St James’s Church on Thursday 16th October at 8pm; and the Thomas Davis Com-memoration Bicentenary Seminar in the Hibernian Hotel on Friday 17th October at 8pm with special guests Professor Margaret Kelleher, UCD, Professor Ciarán Brady, Trinity College, and Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman of the Supreme Court.