MICHAEL D Higgins has received a present of an autographed Limerick GAA jersey, and it is hoped the president will meet the signees next September in Croke Park.
Senator James Heffernan arranged the trip to Áras an Uachtaráin for a 46 strong delegation from Pallasgreen GAA club.
The day was the highlight of the club’s year-long celebrations to mark their 125th anniversary.
Club PRO, Ger O’Connell, said they decided to give the President a signed jersey due to the President’s Limerick links.
Mr Higgins said he will keep it in a special place in the Áras.
Despite being born in Limerick city, Mr Higgins displayed a keen knowledge of Pallasgreen.
“He complimented the club on its milestone and gave a brief history of Pallasgreen.
“After his address he was presented with an especially designed framed club certificate, club history book, tie and a copy of the parish magazine, grean,” said Mr O’Connell.
The delegates received a tour of the official residence and in a reception room Dermot O’Dwyer spotted a piano.
“Dermot’s a keen piano player so he sat down and began to play Danny Boy. He was joined in song by Michael Ryan and the duo are now a YouTube sensation, search Dermot and Michael @ the Aras. It was one of those moments to savour and what a way to end the tour,” said Ger, who described the day as an “historic and momentous occasion”.
This was one of many events throughout 2012 to mark 125 years since the foundation of the club.
On January 1, a special flag was blessed by Fr Pat Burns and raised by club presidents.
Limerick played Offaly in Pallas in April and their first road hurling tournament took place in May.
In July, the inaugural Paddy Ryan 10k run and walk attracted close to 200 entrants.
The 125 committee paid a visit to the Danny Beary Museum in Barna and last visited the grave of a founder member of the club - James Ryan (Malachy) in Solohead to lay a wreath.
A novelty competition to chose the best Pallasgreen hurlers and footballers of the past 50 years was a big success.