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Governor welcomes President of Ireland

Monday, 9th October 2017

Her Excellency welcomed His Excellency Mr Michael.D Higgins President of Ireland and Mrs Sabina Higgins to Government House on Monday, October 9.

The President’s visit was part of a State Visit to Australia, the first by an Irish President since 1998.

At Government House, the President was welcomed with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony performed by Dr Richard Walley OAM.

During a morning tea, Her Excellency introduced the President to notable guests Julie Warn (WAAPA & Performing Arts Education in WA), Eva Skira (Ethics and origin of St John of God Healthcare), Dr Richard Walley (Noongar culture), Robyn Smith-Walley (Yorga Djenna Bidi program), Rishelle Hume (2016 Aboriginal of the Year Award) and Dr James Fitzpatrick (Telethon Kids Institute & FASD, bush poetry).