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January – March 2005

The photographs opposite are of memorabilia from the Dr Patrick Hillery Collection donated to Clare Museum in 2002 but not catalogued until early 2005.

Patrick John Hillery was born on 2 May, 1923 at Miltown Malbay, County Clare. Educated at Rockwell College and University College Dublin, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine, following in the footsteps of his father.

In 1951, however, he entered politics and won a seat for Fianna Fáil in Clare. He held a number of government portfolios over the next three decades:

  • 1959-1965 Minister for Education
  • 1965-1966 Minister for Industry and Commerce
  • 1966-1969 Minister for Labour
  • 1969-1972 Minister for External Affairs

The outbreak of the troubles in Northern Ireland was one of the problems that dominated the Hillery period as Minister for External Affairs, while he was also central to Irish negotiations for entry to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. Indeed, he served as Ireland’s first European Commissioner from 1973-1976.

Dr Hillery stood for the Presidential Election of 1976, following the resignation of President O’Dalaigh and was elected unopposed on 3 December 1976, serving a second term from 1983-1990. Upon the expiry of his second term, Dr Hillery retired from public life.

One of the functions of the President is to represent the people of Ireland. In doing so, the President receives foreign heads of state and makes state visits abroad. Ephemera from several state visits are included here, along with, for the first time, documents reflecting the family life of the President and his day-to-day activities. There are also some miscellaneous documents relating to his career before his Presidency and his life after he retired. Some of the material here, featured in the exhibition From There to Here: the State Visits of the Hillery Presidency.

Dr Patrick Hillery married his wife Maeve in 1955. They now divide their time between their homes in Dublin and Spanish Point.

Rockwell College
U.C.D. Dublin
The President of Ireland
Patrick J. Hillery Exhibition

Atmosphere Shot of the Foyer

Click on each image opposite
to enlarge, and click on each
subsequent image to enlarge also.

Sir John Lavery Book, Ref: 2005.25
Certificate, Aiguille du Midi, 1968, Ref: 2005.43
Compliment slip, Taoiseach’s Office, 1953, Ref: 2005.34
Newsletter, Taiwan, Ref: 2005.49
Handbill, 1966 Presidential Election, Ref: 2005.52.1
Presidential Election Pamphlet, 1966, Ref: 2005.54
Maynooth University News, Ref: 2005.56
Old City Museum Guide, Ref: 2005.58
Book, St. Louis Cathedral, Ref: 2005.59
Playbill, featuring “CATS”, Ref: 2005.60
Playbill, featuring “Le cage aux folles”, Ref: 2005.63
Subscription leaflet, Amon Carter Museum, Ref: 2005.66
Letter, Úachtarán na hÉireann Paper, Ref: 2005.105
BOAC Inflight Menu, Ref: 2005.106
Lunch Invitation, From UK Government, Ref: 2005.108
Working Programme, Visit to Queensland, 1985, Ref: 2005.133
Menu, Ómós don Úachtarán, Ref: 2005.119.1
Menu, October 2, 1967, Ref: 2005.122
Official Programme, State Visit to Australia, 1985, Ref: 2005.131
Social and Personal, featuring the President Hillery, Ref: 2005.169
Official Programme, State Visit to New Zealand, Ref: 2005.134
Daily Brief, State Visit to Queensland, Ref: 2005.135
Ministerial Christmas Card, Ref: 2005.113.1
Menu, Bonn 1984, Ref: 2005.174
Speech, President Carstens, Ref: 2005.175
Republic of Ireland Flag, from NASA, Ref: 2005.194
Flag of the Republic of Ireland, from NASA, Ref: 2005.195
Ijakpa, Ref: 2002.111


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