On the third and last day of his visit to Ireland, President Richard Millhous Nixon today (Monday) visited the graveside of his 18th Century Quaker ancestor Thomas Millhous, at the village burial ground of Timahoe, County Kildare.
On the third and last day of his visit to Ireland, President Richard Millhous Nixon today (Monday) visited the graveside of his 18th Century Quaker ancestor Thomas Millhous, at the village burial ground of Timahoe, County Kildare. Then, after visiting Dublin, he departed for Washington at the end of his five-nation European tour.
The President and his wife Pat, were greeted at Timahoe by U.S. ambassador to Ireland John Moore and local dignitaries when they arrived after travelling by helicopter from the country mansion of their old friend, millionaire Irish-American John Mulcahy. Mr. Nixon, who walked through the flag-waving crowds shaking hands and chatting, was then presented with a copy of the Millhouse family records by Mrs. Olive Goodbody, Ireland's leading Quaker historian.
The President acknowledged the gift saying:
Later, the Presidential party helicopter to Dublin, where Mr. Nixon held talks with President Eamon de Valera and Prime Minister Jack Lynch. Tumultuous and mainly favourable crowds greeted the U.S. President throughout his Dublin visit--marred only by an occasional anti-war demonstration kept well-away by the police, and a lone egg-thrower who scored direct hits on the President's car and was promptly caught.
After a State luncheon at Dublin Castle, President Nixon was accompanied to the airport by Prime Minister Lynch for the final farewell ceremony of his eight-day tour which has taken him to Rome, Naples, Belgrade, Zagreb, Madrid and London, before arriving in Ireland on Saturday (October 3rd). Then the Presidential jet,"Air Force One" took off for home.