THE THIRTEEN Governors of the original foundation States in America received a real Cead Mile Failte when they arrived at Shannon this Friday.
The Stars and Stripes, the tri-colour and the flags of the 13 States draped the VIP lounge. The Governors were greeted on arrival by Mr Tom O’Donnell, TD, Minister for the Gaeltacht, and Mr Brendan O’Regan.
They are on a three-day visit to Ireland as guests of the Government to mark the bicentennial year of the American Declaration of Independence.
On this Sunday, the party will arrive at Limerick Railway station at 2.50pm from Dublin and will be accorded a civic reception by the Mayor, councillor Thady Coughlan.
City bands will be at the station and the 13 flags will be flown there. Later, the party will be taken to Dromoland Castle, where they will stay overnight prior to which they will visit Knappogue Castle for a banquet, and will later visit Bunratty Folk Park.
They will return to the airport for a two-hour shopping break at the duty-free shop, after which they will fly out to New York. On arrival at Shannon this Friday, the party were given an Irish coffee reception and were treated to a special breakfast by Mr Kevin Gibney, cheif executive, Aer Rianta.