Artistic day for President Higgins in Portlaoise

Today (Wednesday, June 13) is set to be a historic day for Dunamaise Arts Centre and the Laois School of Music with the visit of President of Ireland Michale D Higgins.

Today (Wednesday, June 13) is set to be a historic day for Dunamaise Arts Centre and the Laois School of Music with the visit of President of Ireland Michale D Higgins.

President Higgins will be in Portlaoise to celebrate the centre’s 13th birthday and Laois School of Music’s 10th anniversary. President Higgins’ visit to Dunamaise Arts Centre resulted from an invitation which was issued from the Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois School of Music on the occasion of their anniversaries. The visit will be his first to the Dunamaise Arts Centre and County Laois as President of Ireland.

The President’s visit in June to the Dunamaise will include a full tour of the building which has recently been refurbished to include a new multi-purpose mezzanine space with support from Laois Partnership.

To celebrate Laois School of Music’s 10th anniversary, students of the school will perform within the theatre at Dunamaise Arts Centre for the President and a specially invited audience. President Higgins will meet art, craft and design students of Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, whose graduation show will be exhibited in the Dunamaise gallery. He will also meet members of Laois Youth Theatre and the Dunamaise’s own Unlaois’d Youth Dance Company, whose activities are resident in the centre.

Louis Brennan, chairman of the board of the Dunamaise, was delighted at the President’s visit.

“It is also wonderful timing for the President’s visit as this year also marks Laois School of Music’s 10th anniversary. The Dunamaise is proud to continue our association with Laois Arts Office and the Laois School of Music and celebrate their anniversary with a performance in the theatre from students of the school of music for the enjoyment of the President.”

President Higgins will also be presented with a specially commissioned piece by Portlaoise based goldsmith Helena Malone.

The President is also due to visit Stradbally Arthouse today.