The Visit to Seattle of Her Excellency
Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
Monday - Thursday, May 23 - 26, 2005

Irish President Mary McAleese arrived in Seattle on Monday, May 23, for an extremely busy three days of meetings and community events that left little room for any personal time. Yet in between all the official events, she did manage private visits to the Space Needle and the Pike Place Market, and she also did a little personal shopping before she departed Seattle on Thursday, May 26. On her Seattle visit, she was accompanied by her husband Dr. Martin McAleese; by Michael Ahern, T.D., Irish Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; by Noel Fahey, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States and Christine Fahey; by Dónal Denham, Consul General of Ireland for the Western United States and Siobhán Denham; plus executives of Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Chambers of Commerce, and other Embassy and Consular officials.

President McAleese and her husband Martin meeting with Irish Heritage Club volunteers.
For all the details and Photos from her visit, see below or go to
Tuesday, May 24, Events & Photos, and
Wednesday, May 25, Irish Community Reception & Photos.
*NEW* May 25 Irish Community Reception Photos *NEW*.
STILL MORE May 25 Irish Community Reception Photos.
TEXT OF THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH to the Irish Community Reception.

The evening of her arrival, President McAleese spoke at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond to about 200 mostly Irish-born professionals who work in the Seattle area for companies like Microsoft and Boeing. She received an enthusiastic welcome from those in attendance, people who are now considered to be the inaugural members of the Irish Professionals Network in the Seattle area. The event was organized by Enterprise Ireland and anyone interested in the Irish Professionals Network should contact David Nihill at or call 650-329-1414.

Below are photos taken at the Microsoft Conference Center during and after the President's speech

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