In recognition of his famine relief work in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof is honoured at a civic reception.
In 1985, Bob Geldof was presented with a silver tankard in honour of his famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia. The Boomtown Rats singer had founded Band Aid with Midge Ure the previous year. Their fundraising song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' was a major international success.
At a civic reception in the Mansion House, Dublin's Lord Mayor Michael O'Halloran said he chose the tankard because it was a cup for carrying liquid. In his acceptance speech, Geldof said it was always nice to be honoured by your own city and that the Irish had contributed more per capita than any other people in the world. This might be due to the memory of Ireland's great famine in the 1980s. However, he had some harsh words to say about Dublin. He talks to reporter Charlie Bird about the brutalisation of the city by building development and a heroin epidemic.
I think when a city is being destroyed by its custodians, then what are the people who live in it meant to think?
An RTÉ News report from 4 March 1985. The reporter is Peter McEniff.
Bob Geldof receives a cheque from President Hillery