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Thomas Davis 1814-1845

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Born in Mallow, County Cork. Along with John Blake Dillon and Charles Gavan Duffy he was a founder of the paper the Nation, the beginning of Young Ireland. He wrote many ballads, poems and essays which were published in the Nation. Among his best known works are A Nation Once Again, My Grave, The Sack of Baltimore, The Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill and The West’s Asleep. His early death of a fever shocked Ireland.

            The sculptor John Hogan was commissioned by Sir WilliamDavis2.jpg (17224 bytes) Wilde to produce a marble statue of Davis. This work was finished in 1852 and it was erected over his grave. The statue however developed a fault due to weathering and it was brought indoors to the Municipal Gallery in 1934. Ten years later the statue was transferred to the rotunda of Dublin City Hall where it is still situated and can be viewed by the public.

hutton davis.jpg (176714 bytes)Annie Hutton was the fiancée of Thomas Davis and she was reunited with him eight years after his death. She is buried in Drumcondra, Dublin.

Further information, location and directions to the graves are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book