We were very honoured today Thursday with the visit of Éamon Ó Cuív TD.
Éamon allowed the History department in St Killian’s to put on display this week the surrender note that his grandafather Éamon De Valera handed to British Commander Hickon at the end of Easter Week 1916.
Years later De Valera and Hickson began to exchange letters and from that a friendship arose with Commander Hickson visiting him in Dublin both while he was Taoiseach and also Uachtarán (President). The full correspondance has been in the College during the week, allowing all the students to come in to view.
Mr Ó Cuív, during his visit on Thursday, gave an informal talk to the students in which he discussed the various persona of Éamon De Valera, the family man, the grandfather who told him stories and allowed him to play hurling in Áras an Uachtaráin, the revolutionary, the Fianna Fáil leader, the Taoiseach, the President. Mr Ó Cuív took questions from the students, talked about his own political career, his relationships with different groups and people in Antrim and he shared anecdotes about Dev during a very informative but informal talk.
At the end of the evening, Mr Brady presented Mr Ó Cuív with a bowl which had been carved from a broken branch of the Eucalyptus tree in the College grounds which is one of the oldest in Europe planted by France Anne Vane, Lady Londonderry, shortly after building Garron Tower around 1850
Photographs from Paddy McIlwaine