Presidential visit – November 2013

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins visited Liscarroll on November 15th 2013 to officially open the new Liscarroll Community Childcare facility and Respond! Housing Project for Older People. There was a real festive atmosphere in the village with colourful bunting and flags decorating homes and community buildings throughout the village.

President Michael D. Higgins accompanied by his wife Sabina was received enthusiastically in the local community with many locals turning out. The President also visited the local national school, Liscarroll Community Childcare Facility – Teach na nÓige, Respond! Community Housing Projects, both located at Àrd an Chaisleàin, and finally the local Donkey Sanctuary all on the afternoon of the 15th November 2013

The President was welcomed to Àrd an Chaisleàin by Liam Fitzpatrick Chairman of Liscarroll Community Council Limited, Tina Hayes Manager of Crèche and Patrick Cogan, Chief Executive Officer Respond! and took an extensive tour of this compact estate which is comprised of Childcare Facility and ten homes for the elderly.  Also present on this memorable day were the board of directors of the Crèche, representatives of numerous local clubs and dignitaries from the community.

During his tour the President unveiled two plaques to general applause from invited guests. He visited the home of Patricia Madigan, whose parents Helen and Paul were present, and was treated to a song at the Crèche from toddlers who had practiced many times for their important performance. The President was also treated to traditional entertainment by a group of local teenagers who really rose to the challenge and added to the sense of occasion.

Liscarroll Community Council Limited presented the President with a framed photo montage which represented aspects of the Presidents historical roots in Liscarroll. The community focused theme was continued by Respond! who gifted the President and his wife with a specially commissioned wooden keepsake box engraved with an image of Liscarroll Castle plus a bowl produced by a local craftsman.

Liam Fitzpatrick said: “We wished to give the President a personal memento from his visit here and we hope he will think of his visit to Liscarroll whenever he looks at the montage of memories.

Liscarroll Community Council Limited would like to sincerely thank everybody who volunteered their time to help make it a very special day for the community, especially all those who helped provide refreshments and snacks for everyone in the Community Centre after the official visit.