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Address at the Official Opening of the Biodiversity Festival and Honey Show

9/18/2019
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President Higgins opened the inaugural Phoenix Park Biodiversity Festival and Honey Show, taking place on Saturday 14 September. An initiative of the Office of Public Works (OPW), the aim of the show is to celebrate the Phoenix Park’s rich and natural biodiversity through a programme of events consisting of free activities, including walks, talks, tours, documentaries, music and art. The festival incorporates the Phoenix Park Honey Show, which has been held in the Visitor Centre for a number...

Duration:00:21:09

Opening Address at National ILO Centenary Commemoration

9/17/2019
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President Higgins delivered the Opening Address at the national event marking the centenary of the founding of the ILO, the International Labour Organisation – a U.N. agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-delivers-opening-address-at-national-ilo-centenary-event

Duration:00:48:09

Speech by President Higgins at the Opening of the National Ploughing Championships 2019

9/17/2019
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On Tuesday, 17 September, President Higgins will formally open the 88th National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Ballintrane, Co. Carlow. Since his inauguration in 2011, the President has attended the Ploughing Championships each year and he has described the festival as “an outstanding example of the Irish genius” and “the most beloved rendez-vous in Ireland’s rural calendar.”

Duration:00:17:14

Speech to Heritage Officers - with response by Michael Parsons

9/16/2019
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President Higgins hosted an event to mark the establishment of the Heritage Council and the County Heritage Officers Association 20 years ago. See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-receives-the-heritage-council-and-county-heritage-officers-on-the-occasion-of-their-20th-anniversary

Duration:00:23:25

Speech at a ceremony presenting the Defence Force Values Awards

9/11/2019
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See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-hosts-defence-forces-values-awards

Duration:00:23:55

Address to students and staff at Newbridge Holy Family School

9/10/2019
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See event details at https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-visits-holy-family-secondary-school President Higgins visited the Holy Family Secondary School in Newbridge, to mark the school’s 60th Anniversary. The school first opened its doors in 1959, as the town’s first secondary school for girls. First based in the Holy Family Sisters convent, the school moved into its own building in 1967, which was extended in 1982 and again in 2003. President Higgins has made education one of...

Duration:00:22:12

President announces the new Ireland Chair of Poetry

9/6/2019
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President Higgins travelled to Belfast, to announce the name of the new Ireland Professor of Poetry. Every three years a poet of honour and distinction is chosen to represent the Ireland Chair of Poetry Trust as Ireland's Professor of Poetry. During their tenure the holders spend a year attached to each of the three participating universities – Queen's University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin – and resides for a period of approximately eight weeks at each. The...

Duration:00:15:47

Speech on board the Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc

9/5/2019
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See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-attends-lunch-of-salute-on-board-the-tall-ship-cuauhtemoc-in-dublin-port

Duration:00:11:34

Speech at the presentation of Saoi to Roger Doyle

8/19/2019
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President Higgins bestowed the honour of Saoi on Roger Doyle. Roger Doyle received the highest honour open to an Irish artist and was presented with the symbol of the office of Saoi, a golden torc. Roger Doyle became the twentieth artist to receive the honour since its inception in 1984. The title is awarded for life, and can only be held by at most seven people at the same time. See:...

Duration:00:16:46

Speech at a Reception for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees - with response by Mr Filippo Grandi

7/10/2019
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President Higgins received Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-receives-mr-filippo-grandi-un-high-commissioner-for-refugees

Duration:00:27:03

Speech at a State Dinner hosted by President Steinmeier

7/9/2019
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On the evening of the first day of the State Visit, President and Sabina Higgins attended a State Dinner hosted in their honour by President Steinmeier and Ms. Büdenbender. Ar thráthnóna an chéad lae den Chuairt Stáit, bhí an tUachtarán agus Saidhbhín i láthair ag Dinnéar Stáit arna óstáil ag an Uachtarán Steinmeier agus ag an Uasal Büdenbender ina n-onóir....

Duration:00:20:53

Statement by President Higgins following his meeting with German President Steinmeier

7/8/2019
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President Steinmeier and Ms. Büdenbender welcomed President and Sabina Higgins to Schloss Bellevue, built in 1786, which is the official residence of the German Head of State. After the meetings, President Higgins and President Steinmeier spoke to the media. https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-meets-president-frank-walter-steinmeier

Duration:00:30:01

Speech by President Higgins at an Enterprise Ireland business seminar, Berlin - with introduction

7/8/2019
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The President addressed an event hosted by Enterprise Ireland, for CEOs of 30 leading Irish companies and their German business partners. Introduction by Ambassador Michael Collins. See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-and-sabina-attend-a-meeting-with-enterprise-ireland-client-companies

Duration:01:23:36

President Higgins addresses a lunch meeting with Bord Bia and partner companies

7/8/2019
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On the first day of their State Visit to Germany, President and Sabina Higgins participated in a Bord Bia event aimed at highlighting quality Irish food exports. Details via https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-and-sabina-attend-a-lunch-meeting-with-bord-bia-and-partner-companies

Duration:00:54:49

Speech at a reception to mark the opening of the new Consulate General in Frankfurt

7/5/2019
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See https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-and-sabina-attend-a-reception-to-mark-the-opening-of-the-new-consulate-general-of-ireland-in-frankfurt On the last they of their State Visit to Germany, President and Sabina travelled to Frankfurt, in the State of Hessen, home to the European Central Bank and many major financial institutions. The President spoke at a reception for the Irish community in the city, to mark the opening of a new Irish consulate in the city, following a...

Duration:00:18:58

President delivers keynote address at Leipzig University

7/4/2019
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President delivers keynote address at Leipzig University by Áras an Uachtaráin

Duration:00:59:25

Speech by President Michael D Higgins at the Gaisce-Irish Prison Service Joint Meeting & Workshop

6/24/2019
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President Higgins hosted an event marking an initiative to expand the Gaisce programme within the Irish Prison Service. Gaisce, the President’s Award, is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15 and 25, and since 2004 it has also been operating in a small number of Irish prisons. Some 190 people have completed their Gaisce challenges, and several young men have been presented with their Gold Awards by President Michael D. Higgins, in the Midlands Prison and in...

Duration:00:20:57

Speech at a Garden Party – Participation and Transformation

6/24/2019
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The final event in the 2019 series of Garden Parties hosted by President and Sabina Higgins was a tribute to two major youth organisations, Macra na Feirme and the Union of Students in Ireland. Entitled “Participation and Transformation”, the Garden Party aimed to celebrate the work of these two organisations that mark significant anniversaries this year and that play a crucial role in encouraging the participation of young people in decision-making processes. Macra na Feirme, formed in...

Duration:00:25:29

Speech at a Concert celebrating Irish Country Music

6/24/2019
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President and Sabina Higgins hosted a special Presidential Concert, celebrating Irish country music. The President decided to host the concert in celebration of Irish Country Music and in acknowledgement of the work being undertaken by various organisations in fostering, and developing, strong rural communities throughout the villages and towns of Ireland. The concert is part of a series of Garden Parties at Áras an Uachtaráin, organised by President and Sabina Higgins to celebrate...

Duration:00:17:51

Speech by President Higgins at Bloomsday 2019 Garden Party

6/16/2019
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https://president.ie/en/diary/details/president-and-sabina-host-bloomsday-garden-party

Duration:00:14:14