Joseph O'Doherty, who had been elected for Donegal North, recalls the programme of events for the meeting of the first Dáil and the reaction of the press and the public to the occasion.
Joseph O'Doherty, who had been elected for Donegal North, remembers the meeting of the first Dáil. The huge crowds outside the Mansion House made getting inside. The programme of events for the meeting was aimed at getting international publicity for what was happening.
O'Doherty says there was no interference from the British authorities. He also remembers his own lack of faith in the League of Nations at the time on the grounds that it was consituted by those who had fought the First World War. The business of the day was very formal with the names of all of those who had been elected, called.
The atmosphere in the country was highly jubilant.