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.