Padraig Pearse stamp: venerating a dangerous man?

An Post has launched two new stamps to mark the centenary of the opening of St Enda's school for boys by Padraig Pearse in 1908.

Ominously, in 1909 Pearse published his poem 'Little Lad of the Tricks'.

He wrote: "Child of the soft red mouth... Raise your comely head till I kiss your mouth… There is a fragrance in your kiss that I have not found in the kisses of women… Lad of the grey eyes would be in dread of me could you read my secrets."

It's incredible that we continue to venerate this deeply disturbed and dangerous man as a national icon.

Dick Keane,

Silchester Park,

Glenageary, Co Dublin