President McAleese hosting 12th July Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin

The Republic of Ireland’s President, Mary McAleese, is hosting a 12th July garden party today to mark the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne, it’s the tenth reception hosted by President McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark July 12th and is the only State-funded celebration to mark the Twelfth in the Republic. From the President’s website

President McAleese will host a garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin today to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The event will commemorate the events of 1690 and the resulting shared history of Ireland, North and South.

Almost 350 guests from all traditions and parts of the island will attend the event which will celebrate Williamite and Jacobite culture, with entertainment provided by the Irish Defence Forces pipers, the Corps of Drums, 2nd Batallion, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, Irish and Ulster-Scot dancers.

Adds Statement from President McAleese