A full house for the opening night the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Chairman of the National Concert Hall Fred O'Donovan introduces Dr Patrick Hillery President of Ireland to officially open Ireland's first National Concert Hall at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin.

Addressing the audience in Irish and English President Hillary says,

We witness this evening the realisation of a dream long cherished... the opening of An Cheoláras Náisiúnta is a major cultural event in the life of a nation.

President Hillery Opens the National Concert Hall (1981)
President Hillery Opens the National Concert Hall (1981)

Dr Hillery continues by saluting those who have made this dream a reality and describes the concert hall as "most impressive" and a worthy setting for all forms of music. President Hillery then declares the National Concert Hall open.


'The State Opening of the National Concert Hall' was broadcast live on RTÉ television on 9 September 1981.

State Opening of National Concert Hall (1981)
State Opening of National Concert Hall (1981) Photo by Thomas Holton

The official State opening of the National Concert Hall was broadcast live on RTÉ2.

Official State Opening of National Concert Hall in RTE Guide
Official State Opening of National Concert Hall in RTÉ Guide