Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Dublin’s Grafton Street

Posted by Meghan O'Toole
October 13, 2009
Bewley's Cafe in Dublin

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary AnswersAbout the Author: Meghan O'Toole serves as Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took time to stroll through one of Dublin’s most iconic streets on Sunday, accompanied by Ambassador and Mrs. Rooney. Dublin shoppers along the pedestrian corridor of Grafton Street were surprised to see Secretary Clinton arrive fresh from her meetings with Taoiseach Brian Cowen and President Mary McAleese.

The Secretary posed for pictures with families and some fellow Americans who were visiting Dublin. “We’re from New Jersey!” one couple shouted before the Secretary smiled and gave them enthusiastic thumbs up. The crowd moved with the Secretary towards Bewley’s Café where she ordered a coffee to go. The cafe buzzed with delighted customers who had just settled in for an uneventful cup of coffee before heading off into the crisp evening. The second story window seats at Bewley’s proved to be the ideal spot for people watching when the Secretary and her entourage gathered below. Customers old and young pressed their faces to the glass, and seemed unsure whether to run downstairs and join the crowd or stay seated upstairs for the birds eye view.

The Secretary then walked up Grafton Street and turned off on Harry Street for a stop at McDaid’s pub, a favorite haunt for many Irish literary figures. The busy pub welcomed the Secretary with a surprised and enthusiastic ovation. As she sipped a half pint of Harp Lager, Secretary Clinton spoke with renowned Irish broadcaster George Hook of Newstalk Radio’s "The Right Hook," and discussed world issues from the global economy to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Young mothers held their children above the crowds outside of McDaid’s and one told her son to “look for the lady in the yellow scarf!” The crowd shifted back to South Anne Street where Secretary Clinton warmly thanked Ambassador and Mrs. Rooney. Onlookers continued to cheer and snap pictures on their cell phones as the lady in the yellow scarf, Secretary Clinton, departed for Dublin Airport and concluded her first official visit as Secretary of State to Ireland.

Read more about the Secretary's trip to Europe or the previous and next Travel Diary entries.



New Jersey, USA
October 13, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

I really wish I could have been there when she was there. I knew this leg of the trip (and the Northern Ireland leg) would be a huge Hillary love-fest.

District Of Columbia, USA
October 14, 2009

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

@ Meghan -- Dublin is a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing about Secretary Clinton's visit!

Massachusetts, USA
October 14, 2009

Ursula in Massachusetts writes:

Dear Meghan: What a lovely review of Secretary Clinton's visit to Ireland. It sounds as if she was properly welcomed -- no surprise that the Irish people would provide such enthusiasm. Thank you for sharing!

Michigan, USA
October 19, 2009

Amy in Michigan writes:

Dear Meghan: This is a great write-up of Secretary Clinton's visit to Dublin. I wish I had been there!


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