Thursday 8 December 2016

McAleese takes one last stroll down memory lane

In her last speech on her final foreign engagement, President Mary McAleese offered some fascinating insights and memories of her 14 years in office. Here is an edited extract of the speech she delivered at a reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Lebanon, Isolde Moylan, in Beirut

Published 18/10/2011 | 05:00

Mary McAleese touring downtown Beirut with her husband Martin on her last foreign trip as head of State
Mary McAleese touring downtown Beirut with her husband Martin on her last foreign trip as head of State

The President began with an anecdote about one of her daughters complaining about her visiting her school.

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'It's all very well for you. You just swan in in your good suit and you make a speech. You should have been in this school yesterday, all the work that goes into it. It's embarrassing watching all the work, and all just for you.'

My eldest daughter said to me: 'You know a visit from the President is infinitely worse than having your mother visit your bedroom.'

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