Our dear friend and comrade Tomás Mac Giolla died on the 4th February 2010. For some considerable time Maire Bhean Mhic Giolla has been waiting to erect a headstone over Tomás's grave. Just this week she received word from the monumental sculptor that they had now got the necessary materials. Work will commence shortly on the inscription to be placed on the headstone a celtic cross.
It has been decided to have an unveiling of the memorial to Tomas at 3pm Saturday 15th October 2011. The 14th October had special significance for Tomas for it was the date the Society of United Irishmen was founded in Belfast in 1791. We have chosen Saturday 15th October for the unveiling as being the most suitable and appropriate time. All his life Tomás Mac Giolla remained steadfast and true to the principles and aims of the Society of United Irishmen. One of his famous and most often repeated quotes was "Tone was my sheet anchor" and his life's activity demonstrated this fact time and time again.
As well as the unveiling ceremony we are organising a seminar later that evening on the Life and Legacy of Comrade Tomás Mac Giolla and to officially launch the Tomás Mac Giolla Centre for Citizenship and Reconciliation followed by a social evening.
This is a preliminary notice of the coming events and we will be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks with final details of the day.
Please remember to keep Saturday 15th October free to honour our friend and comrade Tomás Mac Giolla.
Michael Finnegan. John Lowry. Sean Garland.