President Higgins to make several stops on first visit to Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

NEWLY installed President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will visit St Munchin’s Community Centre on his first visit to Limerick since his election.

NEWLY installed President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will visit St Munchin’s Community Centre on his first visit to Limerick since his election.

The Limerick born politician will also visit the Irish Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick and later attend the Limerick Choral Union concert in the University Concert Hall.

The president will visit the community centre in Kileely Court at 3.30pm, the UL Academy at 4.30pm and then watch the choral union’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at 8pm.

Linda Ledger, manager of St Munchin’s Community Centre, said they were “delighted” with the visit, which will be President Higgins’ second in recent months.

“We are thrilled,” said Ms Ledger. “He was down with us when he was running and we asked him if he was President would he come back and he has. He really is a man of his word and a very nice fella, down to earth, he had a cup of tea and just blended in with the people that were here.”

After the reception in Kileely, the president will make his way to UL to visit the Irish Academy of Music and Dance, where he will attend a recital lead by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Professor of Music. He will later watch the choral union perform in the UCH.

Limerick Choral Union press officer Gerry Griffin said he was “absolutely delighted” that President Higgins had accepted the invite.

“This is a real honour for us and I think the president, as a man of culture, will thoroughly enjoy the programme we put on for him in the UCH,” said Mr Griffin.

The President is said to bringing an entourage of 15 with him for the concert and the mayor and cathaoirleach are also expected to attend.

The 120 strong orchestra will perform under the baton of Malcolm Green and will be joined by a stellar cast of performers - including soprano Emma Walsh, alto Sarah-Ellen Murphy, well know local tenor Derek Moloney and bass Derek Ryan.