- Freedom of the City of Dublin
The Freedom of the City of Dublin is an award bestowed by the people of
Dublinon a person nominated by the the Lord Mayor. It is usually awarded for contributions made to the life of the city, as an honour given to certain visiting dignitaries. This award is rarely given; only 74 people have been given the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Among the notable recipients of this award are American presidents John F. Kennedyand Bill Clinton, as well as Mother Theresa. Two notable recipients who were unable to attend to receive the award are Nelson Mandelaas he was still in prison and also Aung San Suu Kyiwho is under house arrest and could not leave to accept the award. U2lead singer Bonois also a holder of this award. Other notable winners are Bob Geldofand Ronnie Delaney[ [http://www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/CouncilMeetings/Documents/freedom_of_the_city_meeting_minutes_march_2006.pdf] Minutes of council meeting] [ [http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/0305/dublin.html?rss RTE] ]
Ancient privileges and duties [ [http://www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/LordMayorDublin/FreedomoftheCity/Pages/FreedomoftheCityHome.aspx Dublin City Council] ]
Holders of this award have some ancient privileges and duties such as
* 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 Greenand St Stephen's Green. (this right was exercised as a publicity stuntby Bonowhen he brought sheep in to St. Stephens Green).
* 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.
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