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Clinton looking forward to visiting Dundalk again

11 December, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has received a letter from President Bill Clinton indicating that he plans to visit the County Louth town again.

Ten years ago President Clinton, his wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea visited Dundalk as part of his last visit to Ireland before leaving the White House.

On that occasion he received a tumultuous welcome. Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were there to meet him along with many local dignitaries and thousands of County Louth citizens.

This weekend Dundalk Town Centre Management and Dundalk Council are celebrating the tenth anniversary of that memorable event.

In a letter to Gerry Adams, President Clinton sends his best wishes to all involved, speaks about his memories of that visit and says he looks forward to returning.

Gerry Adams said:

“On Thursday I called to meet Andrew Mawhinney who is the Dundalk Town Centre Manager. Andrew briefed me on the work of his office and their ambitious plans for the coming year. He showed me some of the material that has been gathered to celebrate the tenth anniversary visit of President Bill Clinton to Dundalk in 2000.

“I told Andrew that I was sure the President would be very pleased to know that Dundalk was remembering that event this weekend. I said I would contact the President and let him know of the celebration.

“In a letter I received this morning from President Clinton he asked me to extend his ‘deep appreciation to Andrew Mawhinney, the Town management Committee and Council, and all of the folks in Dundalk celebrating this weekend.

‘When Hillary, Chelsea and I arrived in this town ten years ago, we were introduced to the incredible warmth and generosity of the Dundalk community. I’ve cherished my recollections of that trip, and I’m delighted to hear that our visit was memorable for so many of the wonderful people we met.

‘As I said that evening in December 2000, a piece of my heart will always lie in Ireland. I’m glad that I was able to visit this proud town during my final trip abroad as President, and I look forward to seeking it again soon’.” ENDS

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