Mary McAleese quotes

Mary McAleese was president of Ireland from 11 November 1997 to 10 November 2011.

Inauguration Speech

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Here are some of her quotes.

Ogham, the mysterious language of the trees The Origins of the Ogham alphabet are still a mystery for many historians, but it is primarily thought to be an early form of the Irish written Language. Bealtaine Fire

Mary McAleese quote. We are a vibrant first-world country, but we have a humbling third-world memory. Photo copyright Joshua Sherurcij

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Over many generations there have been very special sources of inspiration who have nurtured our talent and instilled determination into this country.

Many outstanding politicians, public servants, voluntary workers, clergy of all denominations and religious, teachers and particularly parents have through hard and difficult times worked and sacrificed so that our children could blossom to their fullest potential.

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Mary McAleese quote. I am honoured and humbled to be successor to seven exemplary Presidents. Image copyright Ireland Calling

I am honoured and humbled to be successor to seven exemplary Presidents. Their differing religious, political, geographical and social origins speak loudly of a Presidency which has always been wide open and all embracing.

Among them were Presidents from Connaught, Leinster and Munster to say nothing of America and London. It is my special privilege and delight to be the first President from Ulster.

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Mary McAleese quote. May I ask those of faith, whatever that faith may be, to pray for me and for our country. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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The last thing I would want to do is to create the impression that sectarianism came from only one side of the community.

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In Ireland, we know only too well the cruelty and capriciousness of violent conflict. Our own history has been hard on lives young and old. Too hard. Hard on those who died and those left behind with only shattered dreams and poignant memories.

We hope and pray, indeed we insist, that we have seen the last of violence. We demand the right to solve our problems by dialogue and the noble pursuit of consensus. We hope to see that consensus pursued without the language of hatred and contempt and we wish all those engaged in that endeavour, well.

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Mary McAleese quote. It is absolutely no accident that peace and reconciliation has at last come to pass in Ireland where the talents of women are now flooding every aspect of life. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Mary McAleese’s Inauguration Speech