Friday 24 November 2017

Arbour Hill and the freedom of Dublin

JFK stands to attention at Arbour Hill
JFK stands to attention at Arbour Hill
JFK shakes hands with President Éamon de Valera at Dublin Castle. Among those behind him are Taoiseach Seán Lemass and Jack Lynch.

Ciaran Byrne

The dash back to Dublin from Cork began at 11.30am as President Kennedy was hosting lunch at the US embassy at 1pm.

That left just under two hours before he headed to Arbour Hill, with the Taoiseach Sean Lemass. There, in a solemn ceremony that moved many to tears, Mr Kennedy laid a wreath at the grave of the 1916 leaders.

He was particularly taken by a series of drills performed by the Irish Army Cadet School, including one used at funerals and to honour the dead.

 Less than 23 minutes later he was on the move again for his speech at Leinster House. After that he left for Dublin Castle with Mr Lemass and a ceremony in St Patrick's Hall.

After being greeted by President de Valera, he was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from National University of Ireland and another from Dublin University. At 5.40pm, he was made a free man of Dublin City before departing to Aras an Uachtarain for dinner.

Irish Independent

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