“We were having dinner in a pub in the country and I noticed a man kept staring at me. Outside, as I was leaving, he approached me quite innocently. ‘I hope you don’t mind me saying so, but you look exactly like you’ve been drawn by Tim Burton. Do you know who I mean?’ I replied that not only did I knew whom he meant but that I had two children by him and, in fact, he was standing behind him. The man looked round and nearly died.”
65 years ago on the 18th of April 1949 Ireland became a Republic when the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 came into force. The Act repealed the External Relations Act of 1936 & ended the constitutional role of the British monarchy in relation to the Republic and vested those powers in the Irish President. The image is of the original bill signed by Taoiseach John A. Costello and members of the Cabinet. Image: Department of the Taoiseach.