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Saturday 30 August 2014

'I don't do selfies' President Michael D Higgins tells fan

Nicola Anderson

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins with Ray D'Arcy at the Aras an Uachtarain garden party
Naoise Barrett [11] pictured with Gillian Fogarty [10] and Emile Kennedy [12] all from the Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band in Tullamore, pictured texting their friends during the Aras an Uachtarain garden party

THE Pope does it, Barrack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both done it.

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But President Michael D Higgins was having none of it and politely but firmly opted out of the 'Selfie' fad.

At a formal welcoming line-up to welcome communities North and South of the border to a garden party at Aras an Uachtarain yesterday, the President was asked: "Can I get a selfie with you?" by a young woman in her 20s.

"No, I don't do selfies," replied the President, however he and Sabina did pose for an official picture with the woman on her own and she left pleased.

Amid the rolling lawns of the Aras, guests from groups such as Ulster GAA, Arts for All, various branches of the Irish Countrywomen's Association and Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme, mingled and enjoyed the day.

As the President welcomed guests to his official residence, Shadow – one of his pair of Bernese Mountain Dogs – drifted casually into the marquee as though to the manor born, naturally enough.

"That's my dog Shadow, he has another bro' somewhere but he's more shy," said the President, amid much laughter.

Later, MC Ray D'Arcy quipped: "That's terrible as a President of a country to be overshadowed by your dog."

Musicians who gave their time voluntarily to entertain the guests included country star Margo and Rackhouse Pilfer – a bluegrass band from Sligo which has just recorded an album in Nashville.

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