Presenting President Michael D. Higgins with ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’

Created: May 26, 2023

It was wonderful to meet the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at his residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, today. The opportunity to do so came at the invitation of artist Dolores Lynes, grand-niece of Liam Lynch and who has produced the fascinating ‘To the Letter’ art exhibition. The exhibition is an artistic interpretation of the letters that General Liam Lynch wrote to his brother Tom from 1917-22, most of which can be viewed online courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. Dolores showed some of her artwork to President Higgins. She also invited along her cousin John O’Connor, oldest grand-child of Liam’s brother, Seán Lynch and John Foley, director of the docu-drama ‘Liam Lynch: The Dying Days‘. All four of us made different presentations to the President, I myself gave him a copy of my biography of Liam Lynch.

In conversation with the President, we discussed his father John Higgins, who had been attached to the Cork No. 2 Brigade, more specifically the Charleville company of the Charleville Battalion. Of note, at one point in his military pension application, (file reference MSP34REF12617, search here), John Higgins made a reference to at one point reporting directly to Liam Lynch:

John Higgins pension application

Extract with mention of Liam Lynch from John Higgins military pension application (MSP34REF12617).

Photographs below courtesy of Maxwell Photography.

Myself with President Higgins after presenting him with a copy of 'Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic'

Myself with President Higgins after presenting him with a copy of ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’

Artist (and grand-niece of Liam Lynch) Dolores Lyne presents one of the art pieces from her 'To the Letter' exhibition to myself, President Higgins, John Foley and John O'Connor.

Artist (and grand-niece of Liam Lynch) Dolores Lyne presents one of the art pieces from her ‘To the Letter’ exhibition to myself, President Higgins, John Foley and John O’Connor.

Myself, alongside John O'Connor (grand-nephew of Liam Lynch), President Michael D. Higgins, Dolores Lyne (artist and grand-niece of Liam Lynch) and John Foley (filmmaker).

Myself, alongside John O’Connor (grand-nephew of Liam Lynch), President Michael D. Higgins, Dolores Lyne (artist and grand-niece of Liam Lynch) and John Foley (filmmaker).