Speaking at the Douglas Hyde Summer School in Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, which he officially opened, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú emphasised the legacy of Ireland’s first President.
“Dr. Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland, is a powerful role model for the new Ireland where various traditions inspire co-operation rather than conflict. 'His was a life of dedication to his country, her people and her heritage.
As President of Conradh na Gaeilge, he epitomised the 'desire of countless generations to salvage from extinction our native language which inspired patriots, poets and philosophers. He placed our distinctive cultural characteristics on a pedestal, safe from the ravages of contemporary confusion. He practised to the full his belief that our cultural identity as a nation was older and more cohesive than our political and other divisions.
In an age of globalisation and its inherent uniformity, the challenge of today includes the enhancement of individuality; the pursuit of artistic creativity which is rooted in the community; and, indeed, the very concept of community itself.”