Thomas Davis

When boyhood's fire was in my blood,
I read of ancient freemen
For Greece and Rome who bravely stood,
Three hundred men and three men.
And then I prayed I yet might see
Our fetters rent in twain,
And Ireland, long a province, be
A Nation Once Again.

From "A Nation Once Again" (Thomas Davis)

Thomas Davis is born at No. 73 Main Street, Mallow, Co. Cork on 14th October. His father, who died before he was born, was surgeon to a British army regiment based in the town.

The family, consisting of his mother, brothers and sister, moves to Dublin.

Davis enters Trinity College and graduates in 1836. In 1837 he is called to the Bar.

Davis takes part in the founding of a new College Historical Society which allows Nationalists to be members.

Davis becomes Auditor of the Historical Society.

Davis and John Blake Dillon become members of Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Committee which has the repeal of the Act of Union as its objective.

Along with Dillon and Charles Gavan Duffy, Davis founds the Young Ireland movement and The Nation newspaper. This becomes one of the most widely-read newspapers in Ireland. He devotes the next three years to writing poems, songs and articles of general and historical interest for the paper, including such well-known ballads as "The West's Awake" and "A Nation Once Again".

Davis dies of scarlet fever on 16th September 1845 in his 31st year. He is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin.

1995 to date
The Thomas Davis Commemoration is held in October of each year, consisting of a church service, commemorative lecture and traditional music session.

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