This year the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps celebrates its 80th birthday. In honour of this special occasion, we received a special message from President Michael D. Higgins.
I would like to send my best wishes to all those involved with the Order of Malta as you celebrate your 80th anniversary.
Since its establishment in 1938 the Order of Malta has become a familiar presence at public events across the country. Your valuable contribution to our society has continued to grow and develop. Today you provide an impressive range of services, bringing care and compassion into the hearts of our communities and impacting positively on the lives of many individuals and their families.
Yours’ is a spirit of citizenship that is impressive and greatly commendable, a spirit that augurs well for this country as we continue to work together to craft a better future, one that is built on a spirit of co-operation, real participation by all our citizens and a collective will to make this country a better and fairer place.
During this milestone year I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have joined the Order of Malta, generously volunteering your time and skills in the service of others. You have all demonstrated the strength of character, the courage, the commitment to society and the deep concern for others that marks out the truly inspiring role models in our communities.
I congratulate you, I wish you a happy anniversary and I thank you for your dedication and commitment to others.
Beir bua agus beannacht
Michael D. Higgins
President of Ireland