Colonel Chris Hadfield is perhaps the most famous Canadian Astronaut in history. Not only was he the first Canadian to walk in space but he also tweeted some marvellous images of Ireland and the world while serving aboard the International Space Station. His images became an Internet sensation.
Now retired from active service he visited Ireland recently as a ‘tourism ambassador’ and regaled the Lord Mayor of Dublin with his version of ‘Ride On’, performed before a packed hall at the Mansion House, the Mayor’s residence in the city.
The Colonel is also especially admired in Ireland for sending the first ever tweet from space in the Irish language:
Tá Éire fíorálainn! Land of green hills dark beer. With Dublin glowing in the Irish night.
He commented later that while in space he had a particular interest in keeping on eye on Ireland as his daughter is attending Trinity College in Dublin.
Proving himself to be an accomplished guitar player it looks like the sky is still the limit for the multi-talented Canadian.