Joan Keane meeting President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin
A NEWCASTLE WEST woman was overjoyed to meet the President as part of a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Clúid Housing scheme.
Joan Keane, who is from Newcastle West but has lived all over the world, has been a resident of Clúid’s Housing scheme, in Lilac Close, Newcastle West since 2001.
Now a voluntary caretaker as well as a resident, Joan was selected to be part of a group of 50 to travel up to Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin and meet the President, Michael D. Higgins.
“It was fantastic, an amazing experience and I’m so glad I got to take part. President Higgins was so lovely, a real charmer and a real man of the people,” said Joan.
“There were 50 of us altogether, and we all walked the long corridor, the same as any dignitary would. Then the president individually met each one of us, it made us feel quite special and important,” she added.
Joan, and the other visitors were then taken on a tour of the office, where they met some other very special guests.
“We got to meet the dogs, which was great. I think it was the highlight of the trip for some people We didn’t get to meet Sabina. I hear she had other business at the time,” said Joan.
Joan says that this is a trip she will remember for ever.
“It is certainly a memory I will cherish for ever. It is something of a conversation piece, to say you have met the president. It’s even more impressive and memorable to say you met him at a reception, at the Áras an Uachtaráin,” Joan said.