President Éamon de Valera arrives by helicopter to Cape Clear for the opening of the new Irish College.

There is excitement on the small Gaeltacht island off the south west coast of Cork as President de Valera touches down on Cape Clear to open the new Irish college.

Built by Gaelachas Teoranta the college has five rooms and accommodation for 150 pupils who will spend a month on the island learning Irish. Students from around Ireland will come to Cape Clear for residential summer courses to improve their Irish language. Students joined the island's 250 inhabitants to welcome President de Valera to the island.

This was the president's second visit to the island. In 1927 Éamon de Valera visited Cape Clear while on a tour of Gaeltacht areas. This time, however, he arrived by helicopter and received a tumultuous welcome.

President de Valera also presented the Glór na nGael award of £100 to the local Coiste.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 July 1966. The footage shown here is mute.