Freedom of the City of Dublin

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The Freedom of the City of Dublin is an award bestowed by the people of Dublin in Ireland on a person nominated by the Lord Mayor. It is usually awarded for contributions made to the life of the city, as an honour given to certain visiting dignitaries.

Seventy-eight people have been given the Freedom of Dublin, as of March 2014. Among the recipients are American presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, as well as Mother Teresa. Two recipients who were unable to attend to receive the award are Nelson Mandela, who was still in prison, and also Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest. However, Mandela accepted his award a few months after his release from captivity at an open-air ceremony outside the Lord Mayor's residence, the Mansion House, on 1 July 1990,[1][2] and Suu Kyi received her award on 18 June 2012 during a six-hour visit to the city.[3]

U2 and Paul McGuinness are also holders of this award.[4] Other recipients are Bob Geldof, Ronnie Delany, Louis le Brocquy, and Thomas Kinsella.[5][dead link][6] Rugby player Brian O'Driscoll and human rights campaigner Father Peter McVerry S.J. were given the award on 22 March 2014.[7]

Ancient privileges and duties[edit]

Holders of this award have some ancient privileges and duties such as:[8]

  • Holders have the right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying customs duties.
  • Holders have the right to pasture sheep on common ground within the city boundaries. This includes College Green and St Stephen's Green. (this right was exercised as a publicity stunt by Bono when he brought sheep into St. Stephens Green).[4]
  • The right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections.

Some of the ancient duties are that,

  • Freemen/women must be ready to defend the city of Dublin from attack
  • At short notice can be called up to join a city militia
  • Also a law which was passed in 1454 states that freemen/women must own a bow, a coat of mail, a helmet and a sword.

Freemen and Freewomen of Dublin[edit]

  Name [9] Date
001 Isaac Butt 16 October 1876
002 W.E. Gladstone 7 November 1877
003 U.S. Grant 3 January 1879
004 Edward E. Potter 4 May 1880
005 Charles S. Parnell 16 August 1882
006 John Dillon 16 August 1882
007 Kevin Izod O'Doherty 1 September 1885
008 Patrick A. Collins 2 August 1887
009 William O'Brien 2 August 1887
0010 (The Marquess of) Ripon 2 February 1888
0011 John Morley 2 February 1888
0012 Patrick F. Cardinal Moran 4 October 1888
0013 Margaret Sandhurst 20 September 1889
0014 James Stansfeld 20 September 1889
0015 George Salmon 30 June 1892
0016 Stuart Knill 2 January 1893
0017 Timothy Daniel Sullivan 24 October 1893
0018 Thomas Sexton Did not sign roll
0019 J. E. Redmond 3 April 1902
0020 P. A. McHugh 3 April 1902
0021 An Craoibhín Aoibhín 7 August 1906
0022 Spencer Harty No date given
0023 Hugh P. Lane Did not sign roll
0024 Richard Croker 24 August 1908
0025 E. O'Meagher Condon 4 October 1909
0026 Charles A. Cameron 20 February 1911
0027 Kuno Meyer 22 April 1912
0028 Peadar Ua Laoghaire 22 April 1912
0029 Daniel Mannix Did not sign roll
0030 John McCormack 6 September 1923
0031 Ehrenfried Gunther 3 July 1928
0032 Baron von Hunefeld 3 July 1928
0033 James C. Fitzmaurice 3 July 1928
0034 Frank B. Kellogg 30 August 1928
0035 Lorenzo Cardinal Lauri 27 June 1932
0036 John Lavery 17 September 1935
0037 John Purser Griffith 8 June 1936
0038 G. Bernard Shaw 28 August 1946
0039 Richard J. Cushing 16 September 1949
0040 Paul A. Dever 16 September 1949
0041 Sean T. O Ceallaigh 2 June 1953
0042 John Cardinal D'Alton 2 June 1953
0043 Gerald P. O'Hara 27 July 1954
0044 Chester Beatty 26 July 1956
0045 John F. Norton 28 October 1958
0046 G.P. Cardinal Agagianian 22 June 1961
0047 Michael Cardinal Browne 23 August 1962
0048 John F. Kennedy 28 June 1963
0049 Hilton R. H. Edwards 22 June 1973
0050 Micheál Mac Liammóir 22 June 1973
0051 Éamon de Valera 7 March 1975
0052 John A. Costello 7 March 1975
0053 Joannes Paulus PP. II 24 September 1979
0054 Noel Purcell 28 June 1984
0055 Maureen Potter (O'Leary) 28 June 1984
0056 Akihito 4 March 1985
0057 Michiko 4 March 1985
0058 Stephen Roche 29 September 1987
0059 Nelson Mandela 21 September 1988
0060 Pádraig Ua hIrighile 22 April 1991
0061 M. Teresa M.C. 2 June 1993
0062 John (Jack) Charlton 26 May 1994
0063 William J. Clinton 1 December 1995
0064 Gabriel M. Byrne 11 May 1999
0065 Aung San Suu Kyi 18 June 2012
0066 Adam Clayton 18 March 2000
0067 David Evans 18 March 2000
0068 Larry Mullen Junior 18 March 2000
0069 Paul Hewson 18 March 2000
0070 Paul McGuinness 18 March 2000
0071 Mikhail Gorbachev 9 January 2002
0072 Kevin Heffernan 17 May 2004
0073 Ronnie Delany 5 March 2006
0074 Bob Geldof 5 March 2006
0075 Thomas Kinsella 24 May 2007
0076 Louis Le Brocquy 24 May 2007
0077 Peter McVerry S. J. 22 March 2014
0078 Brian O'Driscoll 22 March 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FOC032 Mandela 1990 Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive, 2013-01-16.
  2. ^ Happy memories of asking the Nelson Mandela about his first vote Irish Times, 2013-12-06.
  3. ^ Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi leaves Ireland after awards RTÉ News, 2012-06-18.
  4. ^ a b Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9. 
  5. ^ Minutes of Dublin City Council meeting Dublin City Council, March 2006.
  6. ^ "Geldof, Delany receive Dublin honour". RTÉ News. 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  7. ^ [1] Irish Independent, 2014-23-03.
  8. ^ "Freedom of the City of Dublin". Dublin City Council. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  9. ^ Freemen and Freewomen of Dublin Dublin City Council. Retrieved: 2014-05-10.