President Michael D. Higgins will spend two days in Donegal this week.
He’ll be here to attend a number of functions in Inishowen on Friday and Saturday.
The visit will start off in Carndonagh at 12.15pm on Friday, when the President will be at Colgan Hall to share in the 100th anniversary celebrations. Locals worked tirelessly to refurbish and upgrade the hall, which is an invaluable resource for the community.
From Carndonagh, President Higgins will travel to the Isle of Doagh to see the 16th century O’Doherty Castle. The first phase of renovations on was completed last December, thanks to the efforts of the Carrickabraghey Restoration Society, generous voluntary donations and a LEADER grant.
On Friday evening, President Higgins will be in Buncrana to present the 2014 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award to President of the Massachusetts State, Senator Therese Murray The ceremony will be held in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel at 7.30pm and will be attended by guests from Ireland and friends and associates of President Murray as well as members of the O’Neill family from the United States.
The President’s final engagement in Inishowen takes place at 11am on Saturday, when he will visit The Exchange in Buncrana. The former Social Welfare office, is now home to a non profit collaboration of local community, voluntary and social enterprises, including Insight Inishowen, Boogie Bugs childrens’ music, West Inishowen History and Heritage Group and more.