Michael D. Higgins
Birth Name: Michael Daniel Higgins
Place of Birth: Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Date of Birth: 18 April, 1941
Michael D. Higgins is the ninth President of Ireland. He has been in office since 11 November, 2011. He has also been Teachta Dála, from June 1981 to February 1982, and again from February 1987 to February 2011, among other duties.
His father, John Higgins, was from Ballycar, County Clare, and was a Lieutenant with the Charleville Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army; he participated in the Irish War of Independence. His mother was Alice (Canty), who was from Liscarroll, County Cork.
Michael is married to actress Sabina Mary Coyne, with whom he has four children.
Michael’s paternal grandparents were Michael Higgins and Catherine “Kate” Lynch.
Michael’s maternal grandparents were Daniel Canty (the son of Daniel Canty) and Sarah Culhane (the daughter of James Culhane and Catherine “Kate” Walsh).
Sources: Michael’s birth record – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Michael’s parents – http://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie
Michael’s father on the 1901 Irish census – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
Michael’s mother on the 1911 Irish census – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie
Birth record of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Culhane – https://familysearch.org