FOC032 Nelson Mandela, Freedom of the City, Dawson Street, 01 July 1990
A large crowd greeted Nelson Mandela on his arrival to Dublin to accept the Freedom of the City granted to him two years earlier. Mandela was released from prison after twenty-seven years incarceration on 11 February 1990. Many of the crowd were dressed in green, white, and orange as the Irish Soccer Team were returning to Dublin from the Italia '90 World Cup on the same day.
This photo is from the Dublin City Photographic Collection. This unique collection is an educational resource and provides a basis for original research on the history of Dublin in the second half of the twentieth century.