President Higgins to visit Limerick next week

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Limerick Choral Union have pulled off quite a coup by securing the first presidential visit of Michael D Higgins to the city for a concert in December.

Limerick Choral Union have pulled off quite a coup by securing the first presidential visit of Michael D Higgins to the city for a concert in December.

The choral union, who have been delighting Limerick audiences for over 40 years, will welcome the newly installed president for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah in the University Concert Hall on December 11.

A spokesperson for Áras an Uachtaráin confirmed to the Limerick Leader that, while the president’s schedule would not be officially announced until Friday, “a hold had been put on the date for a Limerick visit on that day”.

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.

He will also visit St Munchin’s Community Centre during his visit to Limerick.