City of Tribes honours President as Freeman
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins, pictured, was last night made a Freeman of his adopted home city of Galway.
Speaking at the ceremony, which took place in the Hotel Meyrick in Eyre Square, President Higgins, the 28th recipient of the title, said he was "deeply honoured" to receive the Freedom of the City.
But any hopes he may have had of grazing sheep in Kennedy Park were dashed as a council spokesperson confirmed there were no perks to being a Freeman.
While the honour was the highest the city could bestow, the spokesperson added, "it doesn't confer any rights in relation to movement of animals around the city".