Irish celebs wish President Michael D Higgins a happy birthday as he turns 80

Over the weekend, our much loved President, Michael D Higgins was celebrating a very special birthday.

Sunday marked his 80th birthday and although he couldn’t celebrate the occasion properly due to Covid, he was spotted by many yesterday out for a walk with his dogs Bród and Misneach.

He appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night and Ryan spoke with him about his upcoming birthday.

He shared; “I’m in two minds about it, first of all, I think age is only a concept but I’ve been very very fortunate to have the experiences that I’ve had and to have been able to meet so many people.”

“Why I hesitated slightly is that so many good friends of mine even in the past year have passed away and in a sense, I miss them.”

Many familiar Irish faces were wishing him well on social media over the weekend too.


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Irish singer Dermot Kennedy shared; “Happy 80th birthday to Michael D Higgins. So proud to have a president full of kindness and compassion, who places so much importance on the power of the arts and the power of dreaming.”

Síle Seoige posted some pictures from International Yoga Day celebrated at Áras an Uachtaráin a few years ago.

She said; “Lá breithe sona dhuit a Uachtaráin. Go maire tú an céad!”

“With our wonderful Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins and his equally brilliant wife Sabina, at Áras an Uachtaráin for International Yoga Day, 21st June 2016.”

“It was an absolute honour to MC the Yoga Garden Party at the Áras. A beautiful day in every way and one I’ll never forget.”


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Songstress, Imelda May shared some snaps of her meeting the President, as well as his wife Sabina at an event. She captioned the pictures; “Happy 80th Birthday to our beloved President Michael D Higgins.”

“How I wish I could give you a big hug again for your birthday but I’m sending all the Grá to you from all of us and wish you the best day! #breithlasonaduit”


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Presenter, Deirdre O’Kane wished the President a happy birthday and shared; “And always the best dressed at every occasion.”

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