President to visit London

President Michael D Higgins will make his second official visit to London this weekend.

President Michael D Higgins will make his second official visit to London this weekend.

During the trip Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina will celebrate Irish heritage, with engagements at a GAA club and at a theatrical performance on emigration.

The pair will arrive in London on Friday night and will be met by the Irish Ambassador, Bobby McDonagh.

On Saturday morning they will go to the GAA Emerald Grounds in Ruislip where they will see under 18 players from across Britain playing hurling, camogie and football and meet club officials, GAA players, representatives of the sport in Britain and members of the local Irish community.

That evening the President will attend the official opening of DruidMurphy, three plays telling the story of Irish emigration by Tom Murphy, at Hampstead Theatre in Swiss Cottage.

Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine will be performed for the couple, who will meet Garry Hynes, artistic director of Galway-based Druid Theatre, playwright Tom Murphy as well as members of the cast and production crew.

The President and Mrs Higgins will return home on Sunday morning.

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