In an impressive ceremony at Arus an Uachtarain today, conducted in the presence of a large gathering of Church and State (including Mr.
GV. President KELLY's Residence.
SV. Dr. LEVANE putting Gold Collar on President Kelly.
SBack V. President Kelly and Dr. Levane.
SV. Dr. Levane, putting his arms round President Kelly.
SV. Mr. De VALERA talking with Priest.
SV. President Kelly and Dr. Levane.
CU. President Kelly.
SV. Mr. De Valera and President Kelly.
LV. Group posing for camera.
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Background: In an impressive ceremony at Arus an Uachtarain today, conducted in the presence of a large gathering of Church and State (including Mr. De Valera and Cardinal Dalton of Ireland), Mr. Kelly the President was invested by the Nuncio Apostolic, Most Rev. Dr. Levane, with the Gold Collar of the Pian Order, conferred on him by the Pope on February 20th.
President O'Kelly is the first person in the world to be so honoured by the Pope, who has said in a special message that this Gold Collar is intended for "those illustrious men who are called upon to preside over nations, and who assiduous contribute to the common good of peoples and to the advancement of true people"
The new honour pronounces the President as Knight of Collar of the Pian Order.
In his reply President O'Kelly, made in French,
In his reply, spoken in French, President O'Kelly said "In making me the first recipient of this high distinction, the Holy Father has once again shown his paternal affection and profound esteem for the Irish people".