PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins was warmly welcomed to Limerick on Sunday when he made his first visit to the city since his election.
The Limerick born president visited St Munchin’s Community Centre, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the University Concert Hall, where he heard the Limerick Choral Union sing Handel’s Messiah.
Speaking at the community centre in Kileely - which he visited on his campaign trail in September - President Higgins said he “made a deliberate decision” to return to the city and particularly to the centre, which he hailed as “the very best of Limerick”.
“I made a deliberate decision to come back, particularly to St Munchin’s Community Centre because I was so impressed by the huge range of services that were going on here when I came in September,” the president told the Limerick Leader.
The president also declared that he “had a certain other set of reasons for being here as well, this is the parish I was baptised in”.
Linda Ledger, manager of St Munchin’s Community Centre, said she was “thrilled” to host the president.
“It is brilliant for the centre and what is great for us is we did it on our terms, we didn’t put on any mock show, we did it in our hall, we did the food ourselves, the flowers, and it just shows you what we do every day, we can do it, there is nothing we can’t do here,” she said.
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