Leaving certificate congratulations!

William Rowan Hamilton, an Irish polymath of a previous age, was a very clever fellow. His perseverance and devotion to learning would have been a good example to all those who got their Leaving Cert results today but not his habit of neglecting to eat as his son recalled:

“we used to bring in a ‘snack’ and leave it in his study, but a brief nod of recognition of the intrusion of the chop or cutlet was often the only result, and his thoughts went on soaring upwards.”


W R Hamilton stamp

Imperial Service Medal

This medal can be awarded to civil servants for particularly diligent, faithful  and effective service and occasionally it was awarded to Irish Post Office staff in the days before independence in 1922. The example shown here was given to solicitor in the GPO over a century ago. It bears the insignia of Edward VII and the wording “For faithful service”.