19 times we were proud to call Michael D our President in 2017

It’s been some year.

LOOKING BACK ON 2017, one President has dominated global discourse – mostly through his objectively deranged Twitter account.

When a big scandal breaks in the States, Irish people often look at who we have as President with some relief.

And there are many delightful photos of Michael D Higgins from the past 12 months:

1. Like when he was spotted chatting to this man with a budgie on his shoulder on Salthill Prom in Galway

Source: Noel McDonagh

“How’s tricks?”

2. Back in February, he took a diplomatic trip to Cuba and was spotted out and about in this straw hat

Source: President.ie

3. Here he is at the funeral of Coastguard pilot Mark Duffy, comforting his son Fionn following the tragedy of Rescue 116

4. As President, he has a wide-ranging brief. From tragic events to walking around the National Ploughing Championships, saying hello to this horse

Source: Sam Boal

5. Standing beside the extremely tall Taoiseach led to quite the contrast

6. Remember when he was spotted celebrating a last minute winner for Galway United

7. And, of course, there are his dogs always by his side

Source: @grainnebiddle

8. At any events at the Áras, the dogs can’t get enough of hanging out with their President

9. He was there to present the jerseys to the Ireland women’s rugby team ahead of their first World Cup match

Source: Dan Sheridan, INPHO

10. And look at his face when he presented Galway with the National Hurling League trophy

Source: Donall Farmer

11. When he welcomed Joe Biden into his gaff

Source: PresidentIRL Facebook

And these little Michael and Sabina figurines were spotted on the table:

Source: PresidentIRL Facebook

12. Bernie stopped by in 2017 too

Source: Áras an Uachtaráin


13. Tributes were paid to The O’Donovan brothers, but it was Michael D’s two dogs that stole the show

Source: Sam Boal

13. Lepping up to introduce themselves to the lads

Source: Sam Boal

Source: Sam Boal

14. He wished Roy Keane the best of luck a few weeks ahead of the match against Denmark

Source: twitter.com

15. And chatted away to the manager that same afternoon

Source: @PresidentIRL

We’re not going to blame Michael D for that catastrophic loss.

16. Look at the President lighting up a big Bealtaine fire

Source: Anthony Kane

17. Every single picture of him with his dogs shows how much they love him

Source: RollingNews.ie

^that face

18. And the straw hat isn’t just brought out for foreign trips

Source: Sam Boal

Keep him away from the sun.

19. Michael D – man of the people (and all dogs, he really loves dogs)

Source: Sam Boal

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