Freedom of the City of Galway Casket

MO 63.2450.1
Freedom of the City of Galway Casket
Maker unknown
Galway, Ireland
Gilt silver, marble
12" x 7" x 7"
Cylinder shaped gilt casket set in a Connemara marble base with silver mounts decorated with Celtic knot work running between the two mounts. This casket is the Freedom of the City of Galway, presented to President Kennedy by P.D. Ryan, the Mayor of Galway. The casket is engraved with a Gaelic inscription "To John Fitzgerald Kennedy President of the United States In Memory of the Occasion on which He Was Granted The Freedom of the City of Galway 29th June, 1963, Senator Padraig O Riain, Mayor." The Kennedy coat of arms is engraved on the left and seal of Galway on the right of the inscription. The ends of the cylinder are decorated with Celtic knot work. "Freedom of the City" is a ceremonial award, given by a local government to those who have served in some exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the City wishes to bestow an honour.
This award was presented to President John F. Kennedy by the Mayor of Galway, Patrick D. Ryan during the President Kennedy's State visit to Ireland in June 1963.
Patrick D. Ryan, Mayor of Galway
  • JFKPOF-045-039
  • JFKPOF-108-014
  • JFKPOF-119a-002
  • JFKPOF-130-006
  • JFKSG-MO-1963-2450-2
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States