Peruvian Irish community meets with Michael D Higgins to mark centenary
The Peruvian Irish Community met with President Michael D Higgins to mark the Irish centenary and 195 years of Peruvian independence.
The meeting came ahead of the President's visit to Peru next week - his first official trip to the South American country.
The community spoke to the President about our similar cultures, histories and values. Some dressed in typical dress from the three regions of Peru - the coast (Marinera), the highlands (Ñusta) and the jungle (Ashaninka).
The community presented him with a token to mark the occasion and some symbols of the connection between the two countries - a selection of Peruvian potatoes grown in Ireland and a book about Irish revolutionary Roger Casement, who also defended human rights in Putumayo, the Amazonas region of Peru.