President McAleese has attended the official opening of the Bregenz Festival in the city on the shores of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in western Austria.

Ms McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese were welcomed by the Austrian President, Heinz Fischer and Ms Fishcer.

Following a lunch hosted by the Governor of the Vorarlberg province, Dr Herbert Sausgruber, the Presidential party visited the church of St Gall, named after a seventh century Irish monk who made his home in the vicinity after arriving there with the missionary St Columbanus.

This evening, Ms McAleese attended a concert given by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

She later hosted a dinner in Bregenz.