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

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