The footprints of King George IV, recorded for posterity at Howth’s West Pier. It was there that he first set foot on Irish soil in August 1821. On his own birthday (he had just turned 59), he was said to arrive in very high spirits.George, contemporary reports noted, “was received with the utmost enthusiasm by the inhabitants of Dublin who rose to the occasion with banners, flags and bunting strewn across the city in a fantastic display of Royal pageantry. By night, every public building was illuminated while fireworks exploded into the sky and the citizens guzzled hogshead after hogshead of free porter.
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