Freedom of the City for Geldof and Delaney

At this time of year, when most of our politicians fly off on junket heaven to celebrate St Patrick’s day anywhere but here, it was nice to see a nice family day out in Dublin last Sunday.

At the Mansion House the Freedom of the City was given to two great men. Live Aid man, Bob Geldof and Olympian runner Ronnie Delaney.

This is just an honour but what an honour, it’s a mark of thanks, well done and recognition of being a Dubliner amongst Dubliners. And you can graze your sheep for free on St. Stephen’s green!

It was a nice honour, a family day and great to see the Olympic medal winner and the man who saved the world, humbled and thankful that their families where there to share their honour. Bob Geldof was there with his Dad, partner and children. Ronnie Delaney spoke warmly about the joy of sharing this honour with his family. It was touching, low key and honourable.

Many years ago, Geldof penned the vitriolic, brillant song Banana Republic about Ireland when he was denied playing at Lepordstown race course and only one hotel, Blooms, was brave enough to give them a room. Hard to believe but that song seemed annoy the delicate heart of Dublin City Council, who constantly denied him this well deserved honour. Thankfully, that bitterness has passed, and along with Ronnie Delaney who had to exile himself to train to become an Olympic winner, on a bright spring day, their city gave them their highest honour – Freedom of their hometown, Dublin. A bit like this article, better late than never, lads.

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