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State Visit to Ireland by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

Bhúr Mórgacht, Rí Harald V agus Banríon Sonja na hIorua, fáilte inniu chuig chathar stairiúl Chocaí agus go Seomra na Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach.

Your Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja welcome to the historic city of Cork and to this, the Council Chamber of Cork’s City Hall.

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Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway photographed in the Lord Mayor's Office with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern, the Lady Mayoress, Eileen Ahern, Minister Odd Eriksen, Minister of Trade and Industry and Joe Gavin, City Manager.

 

As you may know from your visit to the Maritime Institute earlier today, Cork has a proud seafaring history and has at the core of its city crest the Latin emblem Statio Bene Fida Carinis, a safe harbour for ships.

Norway has long had a place in the imaginations of the Irish people.

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Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway photographed with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern.

 

From the mythical Norse gods Thor and Odin through your later fearsome reputation as warriors, to a more benign reputation though the Oslo accord for negotiation and diplomacy, Norway has never been far from the collective consciousness.

In modern times Norway has been a byword for maximizing the impact of natural resources of a country without compromising its quality of life or natural beauty.

We thank you for honouring us with your presence on this brief visit and hope that at some future date you may be in a position to avail of our hospitality and enjoy more of what our city has to offer. We hope you have found us to be a safe harbour for your vessel and look forward to greeting you again.

Go raibh maith agaibh,

Cllr. Michael Ahern,
Lord Mayor of Cork.

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Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway photographed with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Ahern.


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