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Geldof awarded freedom of Dublin
Bob Geldof
Geldof received his award at Dublin's Mansion House on Sunday
Rock singer and campaigner Bob Geldof has been given the freedom of Dublin at a ceremony in the Irish capital.

"I can't think of a more beautiful day for me," the 55-year-old said as he accepted a Waterford Crystal globe in recognition of his humanitarian work.

"To be a freeman of one of the most free cities on the planet is indeed something," he added.

The Boomtown Rats star was accompanied by his 91-year-old father Bob and his daughters Peaches, Pixie and Tiger.

He received his accolade on Sunday alongside Olympic champion Ronnie Delaney, who won a gold medal running for Ireland in the 1956 games.

"Both in their own right have been wonderful ambassadors for Dublin and for Ireland, making major contributions in their chosen fields," said Lord Mayor Catherine Byrne.

'Pinched and parochial'

"If London made me, Dublin formed me," Geldof continued to thunderous applause.

"When I say it is a free city, the atmosphere here, the ability to say and do what you want, is freer her than in most cities around the world."

Geldof revealed that his early memories of the city had inspired Rat Trap, the Boomtown Rats' first number one single in 1975.

"In memory this town was a little brown, little pinched, little parochial town on the edge of Europe.

"You now have this expansive city, one that sort of marries the generosities of a nation."

Geldof and Delaney join an elite list of those already given the accolade, including rock group U2, Nelson Mandela and former American president Bill Clinton.

Freemen of the Irish capital have the right to graze sheep on common ground within the city boundaries.

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