Recent Irish issues. Centenary of Lions Club International, Centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge and 150th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas F Meagher.
I do not usually buy First Day Covers but I bought two of Meagher. I also designed some postcards which also have the “first day” postmark. Meagher is one of my heroes. In 1848, he introduced the Flag (then Orange, White and Green) which was destined to become the (Green, White and Orange) National Flag of Ireland. It is modelled on the French Flag.
Meagher was sentenced to death but it was commuted to Transportation to Australia. he escaped to New York City and in the American Civil War, he became a General in the Union Army. He was the Commanding Officer of the Irish Brigade.
After the Civil War, he was Governor of the Montana Territory. He died in 1867. his body was never found but it is most likely that he fell overboard from a boat at Fort Benton. There is speculation that he might have been murdered by Confederate sympathisers or British agents from Canada.