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Community Day (North-South) Garden Party, 2015

Garden Parties

Laundries. The event brought together women from Ireland, the UK, the USA and Australia for the first time. Other events celebrated Ireland’s increasing cultural and ethnic diversity, and the many people and organisations that provide care and support for vulnerable members of society.

The Garden Parties continue a tradition started by Ireland’s first President Douglas Hyde. Each year, President and Sabina Higgins have hosted a series of Garden Parties to celebrate the people and organisations working to build a better Ireland for all. Every summer some 4,000 people from all over the island of Ireland have been invited to Áras an Uachtaráin for a series of events focused on themes that are central to the work of President Higgins. These themes included: • Culture: The President has hosted several Garden Parties celebrating aspects of Ireland’s culture, including the Irish language, amateur dramatics, theatre, writers, literature and the visual arts. •

North-South cooperation: The President has used the Garden Parties to pay tribute to grassroots organisations working to promote peace and reconciliation, and North-South cooperation, on the island of Ireland. Family: President Higgins has hosted many Family Day Garden Parties, opening up Áras an Uachtaráin to families and children from all over Ireland in a celebration of love, solidarity, diversity and inter-dependence in families of all shapes and sizes.

Youth: The President has hosted a number of events celebrating the young people of Ireland and paying tribute to the many people and organisations that support young people on a daily basis.

History: The President hosted a Garden Party to mark the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of Ireland’s first President, Douglas Hyde, in 1938, and others to commemorate historic events such as the 1913 Lockout, the Easter Rising and to pay tribute to the suffragette movement and to all those who have worked to promote women’s rights and equal participation in society.

Sustainability: The President has hosted a number of Garden Parties to celebrate Sustainable Communities all over Ireland including our island communities, paying tribute to people and organisations working to promote thriving, durable communities at home and abroad.

There were also Themed Garden Parties for, among others, Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, Musical Societies, members of the various Emergency Services, island communities and yoga practitioners.

• Inclusion: In 2018, for instance, President and Sabina Higgins hosted a historic gathering of over 220 women who worked in the Magdalene 9

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