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Higgins kicks off first visit to the US in New York today

The president will meet New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and attend a performance of ‘Once’ during his trip.

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins will attend a reception for the Irish community at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York today as part of his first official visit to the US.

The president will spend four days in the Big Apple before heading to Boston for two days.

His New York trip will see him meeting with Mayor Bloomberg on Tuesday, along with visiting the 9/11 memorial and the Emerald Isle Immigration Centre.

On Wednesday President Higgins will attend a performance of the stage version of the Academy Award winning film Once, which was filmed in Dublin and starred Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

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On Thursday the president will visit the UN headquarters where he will meet with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and attend a World Press Freedom Event.

His last two days in the US will be spent in Boston, where he’ll meet the mayor and lead a famine commemoration event.

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