As part of the 1916 celebrations and commemorations, President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins visited London this week to take part in a number of events.
Sally Mulready – Director of Irish Elderly Advice Network, and Alice Kennedy – Chairperson, both attended a reception at the Embassy of Ireland on Friday afternoon to launch the new book of selected lectures and speeches written and delivered by President Michael D. Higgins over his time in office. Both thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon in the company of the President, his wife and other dignitaries including Ambassador Dan Mulhall.
Friday evening, it was the turn of Sally and Kathy – Head of the Irish Elders Culture Office, to attend a lecture given by Michael D. Higgins at Congress House covering the life and work of Eva Gore-Booth.
The room was completely full with people waiting to hear the President speak of this influential woman from Irish History and Politics. Even the lighting was set to mimic the colours of the Irish flag. It was a fantastic atmosphere, truly fitting for such an event and speaker. The lecture lasted roughly 40 minutes and was, as ever, informative, insightful and incredibly well delivered.
A drinks reception followed where Kathy was lucky enough to meet Michael D. Higgins himself, and have a copy of his new book signed. Both Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina were incredibly open and welcoming and made the effort to speak to everyone in the room.
All agreed that this was a truly enjoyable and thoroughly interesting day, and we would like to extend our thanks to President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina Higgins, Ambassador Mulhall and all at the Irish Embassy for allowing us to be part of these Historic events and celebrations.
You can read a transcript of the lecture on Eva Gore-Booth given by President Higgins here. transcript-of-eva-gore-booth-lecture-given-by-president-michael-d-higgins