Brother Kevin Crowley and John Giles to get Freedom of the City of Dublin by Dublin City Council

Brother Kevin Crowley and John Giles are to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. The Lord Mayor’s nomination of the two men was warmly welcomed by all Councillors and subsequently ratified at this evening’s Dublin City Council meeting. The award of Freedom of the City of Dublin acknowledges the contribution of recipients to the life of Ireland’s capital city. It also bestows honour on important visitors to Dublin. The Freedom of the City will be awarded to both men in early 2015.

Brother Kevin and John will join an illustrious list of Freemen and Freewomen including former US presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, the four members of U2, Kevin Heffernan and Aung San Suu Kyi. Fr. Peter McVerry and Brian O’Driscoll were the last people to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2014.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said, “I am honoured and privileged to propose Brother Kevin Crowley and John Giles for Dublin City’s highest award, the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin.  Both men are very worthy recipients and are known and admired throughout Ireland and the world for their achievements and work with those in need.”

Brother Kevin Crowley founded The Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street in 1969 to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need.   At the heart of the Day Centre is the Capuchin Franciscan ethos of an “Open Door” policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect.  When it opened first the Centre fed 50 people a day.  In 2014 that number has risen to 800 people a day (300 for breakfast and 500 for lunch).  In addition the centre gives food parcels to those in need and currently up to 1,800 a day receive parcels to help feed their families.  As well as providing hot meals, the Centre also provides facilities such as shower areas, medical services and advice and information clinics.  Brother Kevin is assisted in his work by the staff of the Capuchin Day Centre and a team of volunteers.

 John Giles was born in Ormond Square in Dublin and followed his Father Christy into football.  Spotted in Dublin while playing for Stella Maris Football Club, he started his English football career with Manchester United in 1956, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1963.  Following a move to Leeds United, he went on to win the English League, FA Cup and League Cup with Leeds before moving on to West Bromwich Albion.  He made his International debut for Ireland in 1959 and went on to earn 59 caps playing for his country.  His management career included the Republic of Ireland and Shamrock Rovers.  He is known to a younger generation as an analyst in RTE’s Soccer coverage.  John used his football experience to set up the John Giles Foundation to use the power of football to promote health, build community cohesion and encourage lifelong participation and learning.

 Amongst the ancient privileges afforded to a Freeman or Freewoman is the right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying customs duties, the right to pasture sheep on common ground within the city boundaries, and the right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections.

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Notes to the Editor:

History of Freedom of the City of Dublin
Following the Norman Invasion of Ireland, any chartered town or city in Ireland was entitled to admit certain of its inhabitants to the Freedom.  Holders of this ancient Freedom were usually members of the Trade Guilds of the city or town in question, and their descendants. Holders of the ancient Freedom had the right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections and the right to trade in the city or town in question.  The Trade Guilds were abolished in 1840, but descendants of original Freemen retained the right to vote in municipal elections until the ancient Freedom was abolished under the Representation of the People Act 1918.

 The Honorary Freedom was instituted under the Municipal Privileges (Ireland) Act 1876 and each city in Ireland had the right to confer it.  This differed from the ancient Freedom in that it was purely honorary and there was no entitlement to vote.  Under the Local Government Act 1991, Section 48 (1) it was provided that: 'A local authority may confer a civic honour on a distinguished person in such manner as it may determine including the admission of the person to the honorary freedom of its functional area and may establish and maintain a roll in which to enter the names of persons so honoured.'  This had the effect of enabling any local authority in Ireland, including counties, to confer the Honorary Freedom.  

Ancient Privileges & Duties of a Freeman / Freewoman
Holders of the Freedom of Dublin have a number of ancient privileges and duties not applicable to ordinary citizens, some of which have little more than symbolic meaning in the modern world.

Ancient Privileges include:

  • The right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying customs duties.
  • The right to pasture sheep on common ground within the city boundaries. This includes modern-day College Green (formerly Hoggen Green) and St. Stephen’s Green.  This right was exercised by Freemen Bono and The Edge of U2 in 2000!
  • The right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections.

Ancient Duties include:

  • Each Freeman / Freewoman has to be ready to defend the city from attack.
  • A Freeman / Freewoman can be called on to join a city militia at short notice.
  • According to a law passed in 1454, any merchant who becomes a Freeman / Freewoman must possess the following items:
  • A coat of mail
  • A bow
  • A light helmet
  • A sword of his/her own
  • Freemen from all the other trade guilds must have a bow, arrows and a sword. A law passed in 1465, states that each Freeman / Freewoman has to provide himself/herself with a longbow (of his own length) made of yew, witch-hazel or ash.  He/she must also have twelve arrows made of the same wood.

 

Recipients of Freedom of the City of Dublin

 

No

Name of Recipient

Date of Resolution

Date of Signature

 

1

Isaac Butt

4.9.1876

16.10.1876

 

2

W.E. Gladstone

1.11.1877

7.11.1877

 

3

U.S. Grant

30.12.1878

3.1.1879

 

4

Edward E. Potter

26.4.1880

4.5.1880

 

5

Charles S. Parnell

  1. 1.1882

16.8.1882

 

6

John Dillon

3.1.1882

16.8.1882

 

7

Kevin Izod O’Doherty

10.8.1885

1.9.1885

 

8

Patrick A. Collins

22.7.1887

2.8.1887

 

9

William O’Brien

22.7.1887

2.8.1887

 

10

[The Marquess of] Ripon

16.1.1888

2.2.1888

 

11

John Morley

16.1.1888

2.2.1888

 

12

Patrick F. Cardinal Moran

1.10.1888

4.10.1888

 

13

Margaret Sandhurst

19.9.1889

20.9.1889

 

14

James Stansfeld

19.9.1889

20.9.1889

 

15

George Salmon

14.3.1892

30.6.1892

 

16

Stuart Knill

23.12.1892

2.1.1893

 

9a

Timothy Daniel Sullivan

10.12.1887

24.10.1893

 

9b

Thomas Sexton

28.12. 1887

Did not sign Roll

 

17

J.E. Redmond

18.12.1887

3.4.1902

 

18

  1. A. McHugh

30.10.1901

3.4.1902

 

19

An Craoibhín Aoibhín

29.6.1906

7.8.1906

 

20

Spencer Harty

2.9.1907

No Date Given

 

20a

Hugh P. Lane

10.2.1908

Did not sign Roll

 

21

Richard Croker

1.7. 1907

24.8.1908

 

22

  1. O’Meagher Condon

28.9.1909

4.10.1909

 

23

Charles A. Cameron

30.9.1910

20.2.1911

 

24

Kuno Meyer

18.7.1911

22.4.1912

 

25

Peadar Ua Laoghaire

18.7.1911

22.4.1912

 

25a

Daniel Mannix

5.8.1920

Did not sign Roll

 

26

John McCormack

3.9.1923

6.9.1923

 

27

Ehrenfried Gunther

30.6.1928

3.7.1928

 

28

Baron von Hunefeld, Hermann Koehl

30.6.1928

3.7..1928

 

29

James C. Fitzmaurice

30.6.1928

3.7.1928

 

30

Frank B. Kellogg

25.8.1928

30.8.1928

 

31

Lorenzo Cardinal Lauri

2.5.1932

27.6.1932

 

32

John Lavery

12.8.1935

17.9.1935

 

33

John Purser Griffith

4.5.1936

8.6.1936

 

34

  1. Bernard Shaw

4.3.1946

28.8.1946

 

35

Richard J. Cushing

16.9.1949

16.9. 1949

 

36

Paul A. Dever

16.9.1949

16.9.1949

 

37

Sean T. O Ceallaigh

4.5.1953

2.6.1953

 

38

John Cardinal D’Alton

4.5.1953

2.6.1953

 

39

Gerald P. O’Hara

12.7.1954

27.7.1954

 

44*

Chester Beatty

7.11.1955

26.7.1956

 

45

John F. Norton

11.8.1958

28.10.1958

 

46

G.P. Cardinal Agagianian

1.5.1961

22.6.1961

 

47

Michael Cardinal Browne

16.7.1962

23.8.1962

 

48

John F. Kennedy

27.5.1963

28.6.1963

 

49

Hilton R.H. Edwards

11.6.1973

22.6.1973

 

50

Micheál Mac Liammóir

11.6.1973

22.6.1973

 

51

Eamon de Valera

3.2.1975

7.3.1975

 

52

John A. Costello

3.2.1975

7.3.1975

 

53

Joannes Paulus PP. II

24.9.1979

29.9.1979

 

54

Noel Purcell

22.6.1984

28.6.1984

 

55

Maureen Potter (O’Leary)

22.6.1984

28.6.1984

 

56

Akihito

20.2.1985

 4.3.1985

 

57

Michiko

20.2.1985

 4.3.1985

 

58

Stephen Roche

28.9.1987

29.9.1987

 

59

Nelson Mandela

18.7.1988

21.9.1988

 

60

Pádraig Ua hIrighile

4.3.1991

22.4.1991

 

61

  1. Teresa M.C.

1.2.1993

2.6.1993

 

62

John [Jack] Charlton

11.4.1994

26.5.1994

 

63

William J. Clinton

6.11.1995

1.12.1995

 

64

Gabriel M. Byrne

12.4.1999

1.5.1999

 

65

Aung San Suu Kyi

1.11.1999

18.6.2012

 

66

Paul McGuinness

1.11.1999

18.3.2000

 

67

The Edge

1.11.1999

18.3.2000

 

68

Larry Mullen Junior

1.11.1999

18.3.2000

 

69

Adam Clayton

1.11.1999

18.3.2000

 

 

70

Bono

1.11.1999

18.3.2000

 

71

Mikhail Gorbachev

3.12.2001

 9.1.2002

 

 

72

Kevin Heffernan

1.3.2004

17.5.2004

 

73

Ronnie Delany

5.9.2005

5.3.2006

 

 

74

Bob Geldof

5.9.2005

5.3.2006

 

75

Thomas Kinsella

5.2.2007

24.5.2007

 

 

76

Louis Le Brocquy

5.2.2007

24.5.2007

 

77

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ

4.11.2013

22.3.2014

 

78

Brian O’Driscoll

4.11.2013

22.3.2014


NOTES:

  1. Thomas Sexton did not sign the Roll of Honorary Freedom. His name has been added in pencil by another hand.
  2. Sir Hugh Lane did not sign the Roll of Honorary Freedom. His name was added in pencil by a later hand.
  3. Inspired by a wave of anti-German sentiment prevalent during the First World War, Dublin City Council voted on 15 March 1915 to expunge the name of Kuno Meyer from the Roll of, Honorary Freedom. The expunging resolution was rescinded by Dublin City Council on 19 April 1920, after Dr. Meyer’s death.
  4. Archbishop Daniel Mannix did not sign the Roll. His name was added in pencil by a later hand.

 
*The numbering system, which had been disrupted by the insertion of nos. 9a, 9b, 20a and 25b, was brought into correct sequence in 1955.   The next recipient, Alfred Chester Beatty, who was the 44th person to receive the Honorary Freedom of Dublin was numbered accordingly as no. 44.
 
 

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