|Aesop ceiling, Council of State Room, Áras an Uachtaráin|
|Poet Jean O'Brien outside the Áras|
|Entrance hallway, Áras an Uachtaráin|
|President Higgins with Mary Reynolds and Martina Barry|
Mary Reynolds, who lead our group, went around with him and introduced each of us. He asked who had published The Juno Charm and when I said Salmon he asked if Jessie was still up on the cliffs in Clare. I said she was, with the dogs, and he laughed and told me to send her his best wishes. We were to present our books at the end but some people slipped gifts to him as we went around so that got a bit messed up. In the end, Mary took copies of our books to give to him via his staff.
We had a photographer with us so I will get my pic of me with the President anon. I hope I don't look crazed. I couldn't stop smiling :)
|Ciarán O'Hanlon, reciting his winning poem|
|Avril Holton, reciting Goldsmith|
|President Mary Robinson, portrait by Basil Blackshaw|
|President Mary McAleese, portrait by Joe Dunne (I think - our guide wasn't sure who the artist was)|
|Mirror, Council of State Room|
|Me on the Louis IV sofa|
|Steinway in the State Drawing Room|
|Poet Noel Monahan tripping down the Francini Corridor|
There's a virtual tour of the Áras here.