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The President lays a wreath at the Great Hunger Memorial in Liverpool yesterday. Mike Hornby/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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President continues Liverpool trip before heading to Manchester today

Michael D Higgins has a number of engagements in the north west of England today as he continues his three-day visit.

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins continues his tour of the north west of England today as he attends a reception for The Gathering initiative on board the LE Eithne in Liverpool.

The President will attend the Irish government-sponsored event at 10.30am this morning before later visiting St Michael’s Irish Centre in the Everton suburb of Liverpool.

Last night, he delivered the fifth John Kennedy lecture at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies where he discussed the links that the city of Liverpool has with Ireland.

Higgins, who is being accompanied by his wife Sabina, also met with local political leaders.

Higgins poses for a photograph during his visit to Liverpool Town Hall with (left to right) Councillor James Noakes, Councillor Wendy Simon, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, Sabina Higgins, and Councillor Mary Rasmussen yesterday. (Martin Rickett/PA)

Later this afternoon the President will travel to Manchester where he delivers a lecture entitled ‘Thinking of Manchester and its Irish Connection’ at the University of Manchester.

He will then visit he John Rylands Library before meeting the Lord Mayor of Manchester at the Manchester Town Hall and visiting the Manchester Christmas Fair.

The President will finish his day by attending an Irish Community Reception at the Town Hall.

The visit will conclude tomorrow morning with two more engagements at an Enterprise Ireland business event and a visit to the Irish World Heritage Centre before the President and his wife return to Dublin.

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