President Michael D.Higgins and his wife Sabina made a trip to the Garden County this week in what was his major engagement outside Áras An Uachtaráin since March last year.
Their first point of call was the Tiglin centre at Carraig Eden in Greystones where the President met with staff and participants, Aubrey McCarthy , Phil Thompson of Tiglin and Shay Cullen who was performing his first duty as new Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council welcomed the President to the seaside town which was basking in sunshine.
The couple were given a tour of the premises by Aubrey McCarthy who was full of praise for President Higgins and his support in the centre, in turn President Higgins praised the work being done by Tiglin and the support from Wicklow County Council, before leaving the President planted a cherry-blossom to mark the occasion.
Speaking after the visit the new Cathaoirleach said “I was delighted and honoured to have welcomed President Higgins and his wife Sabina to Carraig Eden in Greystones which provides transitional supported accommodation to those at risk of homelessness.
It is a great initiative by Wicklow County Council to purchase the building and work with Tiglin supporting vulnerable people.
During a speech President Higgins spoke of the risk of gambling in our society, gambling and other addictions can affect anyone, so if you think you may need help don’t be afraid to ask.”
The first couple then made their way to the National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh where they enjoyed a walk and a tour of the gardens by Dr. Matthew Jebb, the couple made time to meet staff and visitors before visiting the Brambles cafe.