Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland expresses her condolences on the death of Thomas Kinsella, Freeman of the City of Dublin
Published on 23rd December 2021
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland has expressed her deep sadness on the death of Thomas Kinsella.
“I was very sorry to hear of the death of Thomas Kinsella and I would like to extend my sympathies to his daughters Sarah and Mary, his son John, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his many friends and colleagues. Like many other Irish people of a certain age, I was introduced to the words of Thomas Kinsella through the Leaving Cert curriculum and his poetry ‘Mirror in February’ and ‘Another September’,” said the Lord Mayor.
“His pride in his home city of Dublin shone through his work and as he said on receiving the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin in Dublin’s City Hall on 24th May 2007, “Dublin gave many important things their first shape and content for me. I learned to look at the world through the rich reality of the inner city - a living history, with shades of Swift and Robert Emmett in my neighbourhood as I grew up; with the stories of my own two families to be learned: coming and settling in inner Dublin from Wicklow and Westmeath; and the stories of a number of close friends, some with ancient Irish names - one from the far West, a native speaker of Irish; others descended from Norman and post Cromwellian invaders. All reasonably contented together; happy to be where they were.”
The Dublin flags on the Mansion House and City Hall will fly at half-mast to mark his passing. May he rest in peace, Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature, Thomas was the 75th person to be granted the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2007 by the then Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson