Tuesday 23 January 2018

President welcomes members of the Peruvian community to Áras

Sisters Calla and Saylor Burke at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin for representatives of the Peruvian community in Ireland Photo: Gerry Mooney
Sisters Calla and Saylor Burke at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin for representatives of the Peruvian community in Ireland Photo: Gerry Mooney
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Children from the Irish-Peruvian community delighted in gifts they received during a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.

The children were among a delegation from the community who met President Michael D Higgins yesterday ahead of his first official visit to the South American country next week.

The meeting marked the 1916 centenary last year as well as 195 years of Peruvian independence.

During the visit, members of the community spoke of the similar cultures, histories and values that are shared between the two countries. They also presented the President with gifts that symbolise the connection between the two countries.

The gifts included Peruvian potatoes grown here and a book about Irish revolutionary Roger Casement, who was a staunch defender of human rights in Peru's Putamayo province.

Some members of the delegation wore traditional dress from the country's three distinctive regions - the coast, the highlands and the jungle.

Irish Independent

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