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Updated: 16/04/18 : 05:55:47

President Higgins for Sligo visit this week

President Higgins on a previous visit to Sligo. Photo:
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will visit Ballisodare this Friday, 20th April, to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’.

The ceremony is scheduled to get underway at 4.00pm.

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon said he looked forward to welcoming the President to Ballisodare.

"This is a very special occasion for the Savage family, the local community and our Council, and we are very grateful to President Higgins for travelling to County Sligo to perform  this ceremony.

"I also want to pay tribute to the many people who are working hard to prepare the area and make the various  arrangements necessary for the visit."

The formalities will take place in a marquee erected in the Ball Alley on the Ballina Road.

The President will be welcomed by the Cathaoirleach Councillor Kilgannon, Chief Executive Ciarán Hayes, and Councillor Thomas Healy on behalf of the local organising committee.  

President Higgins and his wife Sabina will be introduced to local school children and community groups, followed by speeches by the President, Cathaoirleach Kilgannon and Rita Savage on behalf of the Savage family.  

      The bridge in Ballisodare will be officially named the 'Martin Savage Bridge' on Friday

Music will be performed by Children from Scoil Mhuire and Iosaf and Ballisodare Foroige Club. The naming ceremony will take place on the bridge immediately afterwards.

Traffic restrictions will be in place in the village for a half an hour approx, from 4.30pm to 5.00pm.