Dunshaughlin Brownies were thrilled to receive an invite to Áras an Uachtaráin recently. Here Anne O'Brien, one of their Leaders, writes about the visit:
"We were delighted and honoured to be invited to Áras an Uachtaráin on 13th July to take part in the state visit of President H.E. Joachim Gauck of Germany to Ireland. Our role on the day was to form part of the guard of honour as flag bearers as President Higgins formally welcomed President Gauck. Following the welcome ceremony, our 40 girls watched as President
Higgins invited President Gauck to plant an oak tree in the gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin.
"It was an amazing experience to witness the ceremony of a state visit, which included a 21-cannon salute and a four jet fly-over. We were thrilled when President Gauck took some time out to talk to the Brownies and shake their hands.
Unit Leader Christine Daly said it was "a fab day - a really big event". She said the team that took care of them were "so nice" and made everyone feel at home.
Grace, one of the Brownies who took part in the visit, said it was "very special" to see the German President planting the tree in the Áras garden and that she loved "Mrs D's shoes"!