Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Coach travels to London

On Saturday 14th November, Dublin’s Lord Mayor’s Coach will join over 7,000 participants and hundreds of other coaches, carriages, carts and other vehicles in the 800th Lord Mayor Show in London this weekend.  The Lord Mayor's Coach leaves Dublin city for the first time in its history to take pride of place in Ireland's participation in the 3 mile Procession through the heart of the City of London.  The involvement of the Lord Mayor’s Coach in the Procession is the highlight of the Ireland Week in London which is launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny today at the Irish Embassy in London.

Speaking in Dublin An tArdmhéara Críona Ni Dhálaigh said "The journey of the Lord Mayor’s Coach to London, its first journey outside of Ireland, emphasises the close connections between the people of these islands. Ireland Week in London will help promote business and tourism links and will develop the connection to the Irish diaspora in Britain. Dublin, as Ireland's Capital, is delighted to play a lead role in Ireland Week in London. I am particularly hopeful that as we commemorate 1916 that the understanding and shared history between our people is strengthened. Tá súil agam go ndéanfaidh an turas seo athcheangal leis na himircigh Éireannacha a d'fhág  Éire le déanaí no i bhfad ó shin agus go dtuigfidh siad gur chuid de náisiún na hÉireann iad go fóill. "


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Peter Finnegan Director International Relations Dublin City Council on 00 353 86 234 1494

Notes to the Editor

Dublin’s Lord Mayor’s Coach was built in 1791 by William Whitton of Dominick Street and represented the best in Dublin craftsmanship.  It was used by the Lord Mayor at celebrations until the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 when it was put into storage.  Since its restoration in 1975, it has led the annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin and brought the Lord Mayor of Dublin to open the Horse Show in the RDS annually. 

Some 20 Mayors from the island of Ireland will join Dublin's Lord Mayor in the London Procession.
Ireland Week in London is a partnership initiative between Tourism Ireland, Dublin City Council, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The objective is to strengthen civic, business and tourism links between the Britain and Ireland. The activities organised during the week will involve some 60 Dublin businesses participating in business promotion and networking events in London.  As the debate on the Britain's future relationship with the EU intensifies, Ireland Week in London serves to highlight the continuing close ties between Europe's western islands.
 

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