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Sabina Coyne, now Sabina Coyne Higgins, was born in Cloonrane on the Galway/Mayo boarder.
Sabina moved to Dublin where she worked in the Land Commission. She studied Speech and Stage Craft at the Brendan Smith Academy. When Deirdre O’Connell came from the Actor’s Studio in New York and founded the Dublin Stanislavsky Studio Drama School in 1963, Sabina was one of her first students. Sabina was prominent in the public performances of the Stanislavski Improvisation Theatre and later the Focus Improvisational Theatre.
Sabina met Michael D. Higgins in 1969 at a party in Dublin, in women’s journalist Mary Kenny’s home. In 1974 they were married in Dublin’s Haddington Road Church. Sabina moved to Galway. There, in addition to working as a partner with Michael D. in every campaign and in public life for over thirty years, she maintained her involvement with Theatre and Community Arts, and with Womens’ Groups. Sabina was also very active in community initiatives in Galway and in particular in education. She was very involved in the setting up of Parents’ Councils on a local and national level to promote parents as partners in education. She was chairperson for a time of the Parent’s Council of the Jesuit –The Jes– Secondary School.
Sabina has a BA in Arts and an MA in Theatre from NUI Galway.
Sabina and President Higgins have four children, one daughter, Alice Mary, and three sons, John, Michael Edward and Daniel
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