Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, Hugh Callaghan, Johnny Walker and Billy Power, also known as The Birmingham Six, were welcomed back to Dublin for a weekend of celebrations and ceremonies to mark their freedom.
On 14 March 1991 the Birmingham Six were released after sixteen years in prison. Two months later the six men returned to a reception in Dublin city centre. The men arrived by open top double-decker bus as The Dubliners entertained the crowd on O'Connell Street.
Addressing the crowd they thanked all those who worked towards securing their release but were critical of the Irish government's attitude in dealing with their case.
Gerry Hunter tells the crowd that while he was in Boston he received a bottle of champagne to his hotel room from Taoiseach Charles Haughey but refused to drink it. This view is reinforced by Paddy Hill who states that the Irish government do not want to help people simply because they are ashamed of being Irish. Johnny Walker thanks everyone who has supported their cause over the years.
A civic reception was held in the Oak Room of the Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor Michael Donnelly. At the ceremony each of the men were presented with a Galway crystal decanter on behalf of the people of Dublin.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 May 1991. The reporter is Una O'Hagan.