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COMMEMORATIVE ART

Unveiling 'The People's Acorn' with Mamo McDonald and 4 year old Niall Conroy, 2017

In late 2015, President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins invited a number of renowned artists to propose a suitable 1916 commemorative piece for installation in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin, as an appropriate and permanent tribute to the men and women whose effort and sacrifice contributed so much to Irish freedom. Fourteen Artists responded to the President’s initial invitation and between them provided a broad range of proposals. Out of these, an independent jury of experts chose Rachel Joynt’s ‘Dearcán na nDaoine / The People’s Acorn’, which was unveiled in December 2017. The installation is surrounded by 16 birch trees, planted in a semi-circle – one each for the 16 leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, executed for their involvement in the rebellion. The unveiling ceremony in December 2017 was attended by 170 children from 7 schools, who contributed their thoughts and wishes for Ireland’s future, as well as older people who wrote their thoughts and memories for inclusion in the time capsule. Also in attendance were a number of relatives of people who died in the Easter Rising, as well as artists and members of the jury who selected the winning design. The entire process of the preparation, production and instalment was filmed and a series of mini documentaries was broadcast on Oireachtas TV and published on the President's website, www.president.ie.

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THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018

Profile for Áras an Uachtaráin

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...