About Us

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Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Ambassador Kevin Vickers has had a long distinguished career in service of the Canadian government. Born in New Brunswick to middle class parents of Irish heritage, he attended St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Calgary. After leaving school, Ambassador Vickers first served his country as a member of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police for over 29 years, eventually leaving the service as Chief Superintendent.

He then went on to become the Director of Security Operation in the Canadian House of Commons in 2006, being appointed as the Sergeant At Arms. He gained international notoriety in 2014 when he stopped Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the Parliament Hill attack, ending the shooting spree after fatally injuring Zehaf-Bibeau.

He left the House of Commons at the beginning of 2015 as a hero, with much praise and numerous accolades from both foreign and domestic individuals. His newest role saw him assume position as the ambassador to Ireland, where we look forward to many prosperous years of friendship.

Our Aims and Objectives

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives