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The Association may be contacted through its Secretary,

Peter F Durnin, KC*SG, KM, GCHS, "Rosaire", Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth. A92 RF6F



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1904-1985, Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs. 1946 – 1950. Educated in Clongowes. Chancellor of Dublin University. Father of poet Eavan Boland. Rockafeller Research fellow. Chairman Irish Commission for Justice & Peace. Member Royal Irish Academy. President UN General Assembly 1960-61. On 12 October 1960 during his Presidency  Nikita Khrushchev  took off his shoe and pounded it on his desk. He was a fluent Irish speaker. Per John Cooney the 1948 decorations conferred on Seán Lemass, John Leydon and Freddie Boland  were “for their aid work on behalf of refugees in Europe. Industry and Commerce had sanctioned the export of supplies for charitable purposes and Boland had secured Government agreement that monies from the European Relief Vote would be allocated to cover the cost of transporting aid being sent by McQuaid to seminaries in Italy in response to an appeal by Cardinal Pizzardo”. He was  a Grand Cross of the Order of the Northern Star (Sweden) for his work in establishing diplomatic relations with Sweden. President of the Irish Society of Autistic Children. Died on 4 December and buried like so many papal knights in Deans Grange Cemetery. (Reference “John Charles McQuaid: Ruler of Catholic Ireland” By John Cooney, 1999 The O’Brien Press).