Limerick, Thursday Night – At tonight’s meeting of the Corporation, chaired by Acting-Mayor Alderman J. O’Brien, Alderman Daly presented a notice of motion, stating his intention to propose conferring the Freedom of the historic City of Limerick upon Generals De Wet, Botha, and Delarey, whom he described as “the greatest living champions of civil and religious liberty” (hear, hear, and applause outside the barrier).
Though Alderman Daly refrained from making a speech before stating his motion, he said that at the next meeting of the Council, he was confident that there would hardly be any member who would not have a speech prepared in reference to this motion. He also expressed his belief that the Corporation would be treated to a “feast of reason and wit,” as the city’s best and truest citizens were expected to join in granting these honors, which they believed the three men were worthy of receiving.
The proposal to grant the Freedom of Limerick to the Boer leaders demonstrates the city’s recognition of their devotion to civil and religious liberty and its willingness to honourthose who embody those values.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Friday 22 August 1902