William T. Cosgrave, Ireland's first President, visited the US and Canada in January 1928

In January 1928, William T. Cosgrave, Ireland’s first President, visited the USA and Canada to showcase Ireland’s achievements on many radio broadcasts and events.

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William Thomas Cosgrave succeeded Michael Collins as Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government from August to December 1922 and then served as President of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932.

This historic 1928 newsreel from British Pathé features then-President Cosgrave arriving in New York on a boat and being greeted by bodyguards and US Dignitaries. 

His visit was a productive one politically, but while en route to Ottawa from New York, he narrowly survived a train crash.

You can watch footage of President Cosgrave’s visit to the US and Canada, courtesy of British Pathé and The Irish Film Institute, below.

The video below is published with thanks to the Irish Film Institute (IFI), whom IrishCentral have partnered up with throughout 2020 to bring you a taste of what their remarkable collection entails. You can find all IrishCentral articles and videos from the IFI here.

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William T. Cosgrave visited the US and Canada in January 1928 to speak about Ireland's achievements.Irish Film Institute