A new stamp to celebrate the bicentenary of Thomas Davis, a founder of the Young Ireland Movement (and according to wikipedia a “professional juggler’ by the age of 13)
An Post writes:
“The 68c stamp, designed by Irish design agency Conor & David [Conor Nolan and David Wall], features an engraving of Thomas Davis taken from the book Memoirs of an Irish Patriot by Charles Gavan Duffy (in the National Library of Ireland).”
“Along with this commemorative stamp, and in keeping with their attempts to appeal to the youth of today the Philatetic Advisory Committe have decided, based in no small way on the wild success of their ‘Cats of the Internet’ series, to run a sister stamp which features an engraving of Thomas Davis’ feline companion: Cát Davis, who is credited with inspiring the lyrics to Davis’ famous poem ‘A Nation Once Again’ whilst passing an abnormally large hairball”
“…In an effort to appeal to a generation that has never sent a letter in their lives, the ashen faced members of An Post’s Philatelic Advisory Committee have forgone the usual ultra conservative tedium of illustrated landscapes and utterly lifeless stamp designs and have issued a series of stamps inspired by famous felines of ‘the internet’ …”
Edward Carson [Unionist Alliance leader 1910-1921], top, and John Redmond [Irish Parliamentary Party leader 1900-1918], below..
Together at last.
Feargal Purcell of An Post writes:
“The stamp marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Government of Ireland Act 1914, better known as the Home Rule Act. The 60c stamp, designed by Ger Garland, features John Redmond, Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and Unionist politician Edward Carson. An accompanying first day cover features the stamp and a reproduction of a satirical cartoon of the time. The stamp features Carson and Redmond against a map of Ireland. Both are available at www.irishstamps.ie, main post offices or the Irish Stamp shop in Dublin’s GPO.”
…Jack White, [from Antrim] a former British Army Captain volunteered to train the Irish Citizen Army [Irish worker's militia formed in 1913] and he offered 50 pounds towards the cost of shoes for workers so they would be able to train properly. The Army was drilled in Croydon Park in Dublin’s Fairview.
Fair enough, spose.
Not to be confused with the smuggler of the same name [with a pub off the N11].