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Michael D Higgins unveiled The People's Acorn in Áras an Uachtaráin today

The art sculpture contains a time capsule of school childrens’ thoughts and wishes and won’t be opened till 2116.


DEARCÁN NA NDAOINE – The People’s Acorn – was unveiled in Áras an Uachtaráin today by President Michael D Higgins.

Part of the State 1916 centenary commemorations, the art sculpture by Rachel Joynt contains a time capsule that will not be opened till 2116.

Children from 7 schools around Ireland contributed their thoughts and wishes for Ireland’s future inside the capsule, as did older people who wrote down their thoughts and memories.

At the unveiling President Higgins said:

“I hope that what we have achieved with this commemorative work is a fitting tribute to the memory and vision of the signatories of the Proclamation, and all those who stood with them. It is, I think, both an accolade to our shared past and a beacon for a brighter future.”

 Read: ‘President Higgins is not ‘ruling anything out’ when it comes to running for a second term’

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