In November 2013, Ballet Ireland announced President Michael D. Higgins as Patron of Ballet Ireland – The National Ballet of Ireland.

Making the announcement, Anne Maher,  Ballet Ireland’s Director, commented:

“Ballet Ireland is thrilled that President Higgins has agreed to become its Patron. The President’s passion for the arts is well known, and we look forward to welcoming him to future performances, as well as some of the many educational programmes the company has created for schools and theatres nationwide. Ballet Ireland is honoured to be associated with President Michael D. Higgins”.