Saturday 24 March 2018

Chris Hadfield: Astronaut will visit Ireland next year

Chris Hadfield and daughter Kristin in the Wicklow Mountains
Chris Hadfield and daughter Kristin in the Wicklow Mountains
Kristin Hadfield at Croke Park, with a model of her father

Eimear Rabbitte

RENOWNED astronaut and Gaeilge lover Colonel Chris Hadfield is coming back to Ireland.

The famous Canadian will be the keynote speaker at a special conference taking place at the Convention January.

The inaugural Laya Healthcare Pendulum Summit will feature a host of specialised speakers outlining how they achieve mastery and a healthy work-life balance in their own lives.

Hadfield earned a special place in Irish hearts earlier this year and world wide fame thanks to his singing performances from space and tweeting ‘as gaeilge'.

The 53-year-old returned from space last June after five months on the International

Space Station.

He then retired from the space programme and returned to live in Canada following 35 years as a fighter pilot and astronaut.

Irish fans will have ample opportunity to meet him as he announced last month that

his book signing tour will take him across UK and Ireland in November, December and into


He has a close relationship with Ireland as his daughter Kristin is studying in Trinity College. Hadfield delighted followers here with his tweet from space as Gaeilge and also with his night-time photos of the country.

He also managed to capture Ireland from an unusual angle, showing a setting sun and the entire island in all its glory.

Guest MC and RTE broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, will be at the conference.

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