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Tuesday 30 September 2014

All's shipshape as President boards Spanish training vessel

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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President Michael D. Higgins (right) is greeted by Spanish Ambassador to Ireland Javier Garrigues Florez (second left) as he arrives onboard the 'Juan Sebastian de Elcano at Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin.

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins became the tall ships most high-profile crewman to date when he boarded the Spanish vessel 'Juan Sebastian De Elcano'.

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Mr Higgins enjoyed a spot of lunch on the 'Elcano' yesterday afternoon at Dublin's Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

Mr Higgins visited the Spanish Royal Navy training ship after delivering a speech at the Tomorrow's Leaders Conference at Trinity College Dublin.

The conference brings together dozens of young people from around the world to discuss challenges faced by today's youth.

It was established by the Elie Wiesel Foundation, which combats indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programmes.

Tall ships entertained thousands when they docked here for the Dublin Riverfest during the June bank holiday weekend.

Irish Independent

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