Time Last Year I was Meeting Mary McAleese

This time last year I was participating in the Multyfarnham Arts Festival which was located in a Franciscan Abbey there. As part of it I was invited to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President McAleese, along with the others artists and the friars who organised and hosted the event for the community (I am pictured camera right behind McAleese).

I wasn't entirely sure why I was there, but I was happy to accept the invitation, if only out of curiosity. I believe that in the previous week President McAleese meet with the country's Arts Officers so perhaps it was an art support month. The day included tours, talks about Irish history, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's furniture and tea served in a rather slick blue and gold presidential tea service. Mary herself was truely lovely, incredibly personable and natural. Even the Army Captain who escorted use was very friendly. In fact everyone involved in the festival, the friars, the community, the artists were interesting and approachable.

I am itching to do another residency.

Image courtesy of a friend, copyright 2009-2010.

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