A ceremony was held in Dublin Castle, where he swore in his declaration of office in the presence to Chief Justice Frank Clarke.
St Patrick’s Hall looked magnificent, with the Army Band above in the minstrels’ gallery and the gilt chairs laid out to match the gilded columns. The wall lights were uplit in presidential blue.
Celine Byrne sang an emotional version of Amazing Grace at the ecumenical prayer service. There was not a dry eye in the house.