Douglas Hyde Inaugurated As First President 1938

Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as first President of Ireland on 25 June 1938. He was a poet and academic and co-founded the Gaelic League in 1893. Bhunaigh sé Conradh na Gaeilge le hEoin MacNeill chun an Ghaeilge a chothú. Bhí sé ina Uachtarán ó 1938 go 1945.

This radio clip is taken from the live coverage of the inauguration and includes Hyde's speech in Dublin Castle. He thanks those present for their kind words and appeals to God for all the qualities he will need in his role as president. Brian Durnin then comments on the cavalcade up O'Connell Street, Dublin en route to Hyde's new home in the Phoenix Park.The cavalcade stops outside the GPO, where Hyde takes his hat off in a mark of respect for those who fought there during the Easter 1916 Rising. Silence is observed and soldiers present arms. After the trumpet sounds, the crowd starts cheering and the new president passes on.

Douglas Hyde's speech is in Irish and Brian Durnin's commentary is in English.

The accompanying image shows Douglas Hyde (centre) at the wedding of his daughter Úna in the 1920s.

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