Curtain falls after a star performance
ALL the world was a stage for Michael D Higgins this week, and this man played his part with admirable aplomb.
It was the final morning of a four-day state visit that had been packed with more action than a Shakespearian sword-fight, yet despite having made an early start after a late night hanging out with royals and musicians in the Royal Albert Hall the previous evening, the President looked as happy as Falstaff in The Boar's Head Tavern as he arrived in Stratford-Upon-Avon yesterday morning.
Chances are that for such a lifelong devotee of the arts, even the sumptuous State Banquet in Windsor Castle ran a close second to this pilgrimage into Shakespeare Country. But his ebullience was surely also due to the fact that he and Sabina could now completely relax and take a bow as the curtain prepared to fall on what has been a hugely successful week.