Thomas Davis – a prominent Irish writer and philosopher

Thomas Davis – a prominent Irish writer and philosopher
5 votedvote is glad to inform that An Post unveiled a stamp celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Thomas Davis. The issue was released on the 9th of October. The stamps was presented on a special ceremony Mr. Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Thomas Davis 68c stamp, designed by Irish design agency Conor & David, features an engraving of Thomas Davis taken from the book Memoirs of an Irish Patriot by Charles Gavan Duffy (courtesy of the National Library of Ireland). The formal unveiling took place at The House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin.

Speaking at the unveiling, Barney Whelan, Director of Communications and Public Affairs with An Post, said the stamp marked the remarkable life of a remarkable individual. "We hope this stamp will serve as a reminder to those who already know of Davis but also re-introduce him to a new generation", he said.

Thomas Davis, born in Mallow, County Cork October 14th, 1814 graduated from Trinity College in 1836 and was called to the Irish Bar but never practiced. He was a writer, lawyer and philosopher whose writings had a significant effect on Irish national thought for long after his death in 1845.

In 1842 Davis, along with Charles Gavan Duffy and John Blake Dillon, he co-founded The Nation newspaper where his writings and campaigning journalism provided a new focus for ideas of Irish nationhood. Many, including Pádraig Pearse and Arthur Griffith, claimed Davis as their inspiration. He was the chief organiser for the Young Ireland movement and the author of stirring ballads such as 'The West Awake' and 'A Nation Once Again'.

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