President
Higgins to
visit Stradbally

LAOIS County Council is delighted to announce that President Michael D. Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins, will visit the Arthouse and Library in Stradbally, on Wednesday June 13 at 5pm.

LAOIS County Council is delighted to announce that President Michael D. Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins, will visit the Arthouse and Library in Stradbally, on Wednesday June 13 at 5pm.

Guests will be required to assemble at 4.40pm on the day. Entrance for all guests to the Arthouse will be via the Timahoe Road, Stradbally. Everyone is asked to please not use the main library entrance as it will be closed to the public.

In May 2011, the newly renovated and extended courthouse building in Stradbally reopened to the public - The Arthouse & Library boasts a wonderful gallery space, artist studios and residences, a fully-equipped music rehearsal space and library. The facilities are under the management of Laois County Council’s Arts Office and Library Service.

An invitation was issued to President Higgins to visit the Arthouse and Library by Cathaoirleach, John Bonham. County Arts Officer Muireann Ní Chonaill said the council was honoured by the president’s visit

“Since his inauguration, President Higgins has been a tireless advocate for the arts in Ireland. We are both delighted and honoured that President Higgins and Mrs Higgins will visit the wonderful new Arts and Library facilities in Stradbally. “

During President Higgins visit, he will be taken on a tour of the Arthouse & Library, meeting Council members, staff and officials as well as the four studio artists working at the Arthouse, Lorraine Walsh, Gemma Guihan, Karen Hendy and Cóilín Rush.

President Higgins will also visit the Arthouse Gallery, and meet exhibiting artist, George Burland. Stradbally and Portarlington Youth Theatre groups will also meet President Higgins.

A limestone seat has been specially made to commemorate the occasion by Mc Keon Stone, Stradbally for the garden area, and it will be unveiled by the President. President Higgins will be presented with a painting by Arthouse Studios Artist, Gemma Guihan.

The Ratheniska CCE Marching Band will entertain the public on the Green area in front of the Arthouse & Library and refreshments will be kindly provided by Supervalu, Stradbally.

Further details on President and Mrs Higgins visit from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer. 0578674344, artsoff@laoiscoco.ie

For more information, contact arts officer Muireann Ní Chonaill at Laois County Council on 057 8674344.