President Higgins: Global St. Patrick's Day celebrations are "a source of pride"

In his address ahead of St Patrick's Day, he said our national day will be celebrated worldwide

President Michael D Higgins said it's a source of pride that St Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world.

President Higgins has been reflecting on the passion and energy of the Irish nation today.

In his address ahead of St Patrick's Day, he said our national day will be celebrated worldwide.

"It is a source of pride to all of us Irish that our National Day is celebrated not just here in Ireland, but in countless places around the world where members of the Irish global family have been able to make their homes," he said.

"We are, as a people with a wide diaspora, happy to have the opportunity to share our national day with those who will join us in our celebration of our culture, our songs and our language."

Tomorrow, the President is hosting the event to acknowledge the special contribution made by citizens who have excelled in science and its application to Irish life.

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