When the New Abbey Theatre was formally opened on the 18th July 1966 by Eamon de Valera, he signed the visitors book on that occasion. Other notable invitees on the night included Ralphe J. Bunche, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Bryan Guinness (Lord Moyne). The Guinnes family had of course provided the Abbey Theatre with temporary refuge in the Rupert Guinness Hall before its move to the Queen’s Theatre in 1951.
Other dignitaries to visit that week included Sean Lemass, Kathleen Lemass and Eileen O’Casey, widow of Sean O’Casey.
The final signatures are that of Bing Crosby and his wife who attended an Abbey performance in September 1966.