Irish President's praise for the work of Dylan Thomas

President Michael D Higgins is himself a published poet. Credit: Office of the President

Dylan Thomas has been saluted as 'one of the greatest poets ever to write' by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

He spoke of the way that both Welsh and Irish writers have made the English language their own.

Wherever there are those of us who are engaged in the English language -we have all had a go- he will be remembered. We share a way of turning the English language into something beyond itself, what I call the English contradiction within a Celtic imagination.

President Michael D Higgins

President Higgins, whose own poetry has been published, was speaking in Cardiff at the end of his official visit to Wales.

Last night, he took part in the so-called 'Dylanathon' in Swansea, when all the writings of Dylan Thomas were read aloud to mark the centenary of his birth.