Memorandum dated 5 June 1946, concerning the proposal that President Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh and Mrs. Ó Ceallaigh shake hands with all the guests due to attend the summer garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin. It was estimated that it would take approximately 3-4 hours to shake hands with all 3,000 guests, longer than the duration of the party itself. As the situation would become ‘so wearisome’ to hosts and guests and ‘would in a short time lose all appearance of dignity’, the proposal was rejected.
(NAI, Office of the Secretary to the President, PRES 1/P 2771)
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