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Sub fonds: President John F. Kennedy (1963)

Reference Code: L/FR/CV/1/3
Estimate Date: June 2013
Extent Medium: 3 Items
Scope and Content: Files relating to the presentation of the Freedom of the City of Limerick to John Fitzgerald President of United States at the Greenpark Race Course, 29 June 1963. File relates to issuing of invitations to guests; protocols for the visit; structure of ceremony; organisation of the event; and speech made by Frances Condell, the Mayor of Limerick City. Includes correspondence between Condell, Frank Aiken (Minister for External Affairs), and Matthew McCloskey (American ambassador). Includes letter from Condell to McCloskey regarding the published itinerary for the visit of Kennedy to Ireland, which did not include visit to Limerick with the comment ‘ I am sure the matter is still open for consideration and would respectfully suggest that you use your good offices to ensure a visit to Limerick’ (20 May 1963). Includes typescript list of names and addresses of guests invited to the ceremony arranged under sections such as ‘family relatives’, ‘Limerick County Council’, ‘clergy’ and ‘public officials’ and correspondence received from guests accepting or declining the invitation. Includes white and gold coloured invitations issued. Includes list of the of the Presidential Party in order of precendence, and published itinerary for the President’s 3 day visit to Ireland. Includes protocols issued by the Department of External Affairs regarding the presidential visit, programme of events for the day, copy of the city managers report, and copy of Certificate of Freedom (in English and in Irish). Includes also letters relating to event insurance, publishing invitations, band arrangements, travel and parking arrangements for guests.
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