The Herzog family visit Stratford Schools to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the birth of their Irish born father, Chaim Herzog

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NEWS / 18 October 2018

On Wednesday, 17th October 2018 the children of Chaim Herzog and their families, visited Belfast and Dublin to retrace the footsteps of their Irish born father.

Born in Belfast and raised in Dublin, their father Chaim Herzog served as Israel's sixth President between 1983 and 1993. Chaim Herzog is the only Irish born President of another country. In 1985 Chaim Herzog paid a state visit to Ireland during which he visited Stratford Schools. 

On Wednesday, 17th October 2018 the children of Chaim Herzog, and their families, visited Belfast and Dublin  retracing the footsteps of their father and grandfather. Special assemblies were held in both Stratford College and Stratford National School during which a photograph of their parents' previous visit to the schools featuring their mother, Mrs Aura Herzog, was presented. Guests included Mr Christopher Woods, Principal and TY Politics students from Wesley College, where Chaim Herzog was a pupil.

Afterwards they visited Herzog Park with Cllr Mary Freehill of Dublin City Council. The park is named in honour of their father and they were able to marvel at its newly revamped playground.

Following on, the Herzog family met with representatives of the Dail Committee on Foreign Relations in Leinster House and  President Michael D. Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin. That evening the Department of Foreign Affairs hosted a reception for the Herzog family, where Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs gave a speech to mark the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the birth of Chaim Herzog.

On 17th October, The Irish Times published a feature article about Chaim Herzog and RTÉ's Nationwide broadcast a short overview of his life, showing archive footage from his State Visit to Ireland in 1985.  

See the 2018-2019 Gallery for more photographs (photos by John Ohle).

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