Worldwide audience for Vicky’s Freedom of Limerick ceremony

Vicky Phelan after being conferred with the Freedom of Limerick.

ALMOST 5,000 people from 14 countries tuned in to the online broadcast of the Freedom of Limerick ceremony for Vicky Phelan last Thursday.

Figures from the company involved in the live streaming from the Council Chamber in Dooradoyle show that there were 4,900 plays during the ceremony with the audience stretching from Ireland to Russia, United States and Romania.

The ceremony was accessed via, with the Council providing additional bandwidth on the website to ensure no interruptions in service.

The traditional format of the Freedom of Limerick ceremony was altered, due in part to Covid regulations and also to take account of Ms Phelan’s health.

She was honoured for her work in uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless advocacy and support of other women who have been affected and are fighting for justice, as well as advocating for the rights of terminally ill people to end their suffering.

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Mayor Daniel Butler said the number of people who tuned in to the ceremony was a testament to Vicky Phelan, her story and how she is a voice for others.

“For many people, the story of Vicky is their story, and sadly their loved ones are no longer with us.”

“It was an honour and a privilege to meet with Vicky and her family at the ceremony. She is a truly remarkable woman who is fighting for us all. She thoroughly deserves the Freedom of Limerick.”

The full ceremony is available to view here.