Friday 9 December 2016

The gods need a hero and now we have one, his name is Michael D

Our new president may be gentle but he's made of stern stuff, just what we need in our economic war, writes John Whelan

Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00

MAKING HISTORY: Michael
D Higgins is sworn in,
as President of Ireland at
Dublin Castle on Friday
MAKING HISTORY: Michael D Higgins is sworn in, as President of Ireland at Dublin Castle on Friday

This time last year, I was on the dole. Now here I am on Friday, November 11, 2011, sitting in the hallowed St Patrick's Hall of Dublin Castle for the inauguration of our President, Michael D Higgins.

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I wonder if it was Michael D himself with his mischievous sense of humour that fixed the ceremony for 11am, on the 11th day of the 11th month, 2011. A powerful date, for a powerful man, with a powerful mandate of over one million votes.

On Friday a new blockbuster movie also opened in cinemas. Immortals, an epic based on Greek mythology, sees the forces of good waged against the forces of evil as the Titan Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) declares war on humanity. The story goes that the Gods need a hero. . . and now they have one and we call him Michael D. Our hero in this pitched battle, an economic war, a struggle for our very hearts and minds. An unlikely diminutive hero perhaps, but a man with a big heart, big ideas and, boy, does he inspire.

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