Christopher Moran

MACE SECURED FOR LORD MAYOR’S PARADE

Pictured with Dr Moran are the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, Dan Mulhall, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Arder Carson, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Minister John Deenihan TD, Irish Minister for the Diaspora and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

This weekend marks the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s parade in the City of London which is expected to attract over 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers. For the first time Ireland will be represented in the parade which will include the Mace from the 1765 Irish House of Commons and the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s ceremonial coach.

Christopher Moran, Chairman of Cooperation Ireland, who has played a significant role in securing the inclusion of the Mace and Carriage in the parade hosted a reception for Tourism Ireland at his home, Crosby Hall in London (12th November).

The 295 ozs is 58 inches long Mace is inset with the arms of George III and its sides are decorated with the emblems of Ireland, England, Scotland and France.  After the Act of Union, the Mace was committed to the safe keeping of Speaker Foster by the Irish Parliament.  It was purchased from his descendants and offered for sale at Christies in June 1937, when the Bank of Ireland purchased it for £3,100.

 

 

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