The former French President Charles de Gaulle is the guest of President Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin.

At the close of a six week holiday, the former French President General Charles de Gaulle and his wife Yvonne were guests of honour at a dinner given by President Éamon de Valera and his wife Sinéad. Walking in the grounds of the Áras the two men are met by a frenzy of photographers and cameramen.


The date of the dinner at Áras an Uachtaráin marks the 29th anniversary of de Gaulle’s rallying call to the French nation, broadcast from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London during World War II. Throughout the day telegrams of congratulations arrived for the General at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Charles and Yvonne de Gaulle travelled to Dublin from Killarney. Before returning to France they were guests of honour at a luncheon given by the Taoiseach Jack Lynch in Dublin Castle. They also visited the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street, took a short tour of Dublin city, visited the French Embassy in Ailesbury Road and toured Glendalough in County Wicklow.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 June 1969.  The footage shown here is mute.

Photographer Coleman Doyle
Photographer Coleman Doyle at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1969.