President flies flag for Feile na Gaeilge
President McAleese at Gaelscoil Eoghain Ui Thuairisc in Carlow yesterday. Michael O'Rourke
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese is living proof that it is never too late to learn Irish.
Mrs McAleese, who is now a fluent Irish speaker, visited Carlow Town yesterday where Feile na Gaeilge is under way.
The president mastered her native language after she entered office, and yesterday she dazzled pupils and parents of Gaelscoil Eoghain Ui Thuairisc with her command of Irish.
Over 500 pupils, parents and staff greeted Mrs McAleese for the visit to showcase the youngsters' artworks under a new scheme.
Mrs McAleese was taken on a tour of the school -- and to view the collection of bronze figurines sculpted by the children depicting their lives in school. Among the works on show were miniature statues of musicians, footballers and of children sharing lunch.
Feile na Gaeilge, the cultural festival celebrating the Irish language in Carlow will finish tomorrow with 'Seisiun na Feile'.