A faded dream: The day Hillary Clinton came to Dundalk

Peter Kavanagh

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Peter Kavanagh

A faded dream: The day Hillary Clinton came to Dundalk

The outcome of last night's American Presidential Election must remind many Dundalk people of the cold night in early December 2000 when President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary came to Dundalk.
It does not seem all that long ago to people of my age but, to many younger Dundalk folks it is all history now, indeed some who are working today may not even remember it. There was huge turn-out which was said to have been the largest gathering Dundalk since the Repeal meetings of Daniel O'Connell in the 1840s.
It was a time of great hope for the people of the area who had endured a pretty difficult time while the Northern Ireland Troubles were raging and believed the Good Friday Agreement, supported by Bill Clinton, a couple of years earlier might change all that.
Many thought then that Hillary might become the 'First Woman President of the greatest power in the world'. This is all just a 'faded dream' now and we are left fearing what the effects of Brexit and Donald Trump may bring in the not too distant future.