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17 times we were proud to call Michael D our President in 2016


1. When he stopped off at an ATM in Cork – just like the rest of us

Tweet by @Jason A. Keane Source: Jason A. Keane/Twitter

“I hope it does tenners.”

2. When he roared on Ireland after Robbie Brady’s winner against Italy


A photo posted by Niall O Hara (@nialloh23) on

3. That time he photobombed a passerby in the Phoenix Park

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With his dogs <3

4. Remember when he welcomed home Ireland’s Olympians with so much enthusiasm

PastedImage-39544 Source: Maxwells/

Hugs all round:

File Photo Katie Taylor losses Olympic Title today. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

5. And went into the Munster dressing room a week after the sad loss of Anthony Foley

Simon Zebo with Michael D. Higgins Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Michael D. Higgins visits the Munster dressing room after the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

6. When he was set upon by some passing costumed wolves at the Macnas Parade in Galway for Halloween

michaeldd Source: RTE News

Look at his face:

7. When he met the world’s favourite Vice President Joe Biden – and both were in seriously good form

22/6/2016. Joe Biden Visits Ireland Source: Sam Boal/

8. He was there through all of the 1916 centenary celebrations – handling oversized wreaths along the way

1916 Easter Rising commemoration Source: PA WIRE

9. And leading the country throughout it all

27/3/2016 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Celebrations Source:

10. Look at him and Sabina digging a hole here

15/06/2016. State Ceremony for children. Pictured Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews

11. And reminding the Late Late audience that he’s trained as a waiter

Can’t stop him helping out around the Áras.

12. Kids around the country love him too

Tweet by @bookjunkie Source: bookjunkie/Twitter

13. And he’s there to welcome Irish teams and visiting ones on to the pitch every time

Ireland v New Zealand - Autumn International - Aviva Stadium Source: PA Wire/PA Images

14. Rain or shine

Ireland v Wales - 2016 RBS Six Nations - Aviva Stadium Source: Niall Carson

15. Here he is sampling some Arabic cuisine at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland 20th anniversary Source: Niall Carson

16. He even inspired a tea cosy that appeared on Gogglebox Ireland

Tweet by @Teresa Quirke Source: Teresa Quirke/Twitter

17. Given all that’s happened in the world this year, we’re glad to have Michael D as President of Ireland

24/4/2016 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Celebrations Source:


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