About Us

Learn more about the Thomas F Meagher Foundation

Henry Shefflin

Henry Shefflin

Henry Shefflin is the only player in the history of the GAA to win nine All-Ireland championship medals. A native of Ballyhalle, he was one of a family of children with a strong sporting background, notably in hurling. Shefflin first excelled at hurling whilst at school for St. Kieran’s College, and in 1996 won his first Leinster title.

He made his senior debut wearing the black and amber of Kilkenny in 1999. Shefflin and his teammates were on a winning streak which has put them shoulder to shoulder with the best teams the GAA has ever seen.

He also holds twelve Leinster Senior Championship winning medals, along with five National Hurling League winners’ medals. Not to mention 11 All-Stars to his name. He retired from inter-county hurling in early 2015.

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