Past Present: Eamon de Valera

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Each month on our Past Present feature, we take a few moments to listen to what's gone out over WNYC's airwaves in years past. Today, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we have a clip from Irish leader Eamon de Valera. He was best known as a leader of Ireland's struggle for independence from Great Britain in the early 20th century. De Valera was actually born here in New York City in 1882, but he was raised in Ireland. On March 9, 1948, de Valera received honorary citizenship to New York City, and here's part of his acceptance speech.