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Friday, May 20, 2011

Irish-American Leaders Briefed by White House Officials on President's Trip to Ireland

Irish American leaders from around the country were briefed via teleconference by White House officials in preparation for President Obama's trip to Ireland on Monday, May 23, 2001.

The briefing took place on Wednesday, May 18 and was conducted by Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor to the President, who said the Ireland leg of the trip would celebrate the relationship between the United States and Ireland.

McDonough outlined the itinerary of the trip, including President Obama's meetings with Ireland's President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, as well as a visit to Moneygall, County Offaly, the ancestral home of the president's maternal side of the family and other public occasions.

The trip, which includes Ireland as well as England, France and Poland, would serve as a chance for the President to highlight America's national heritage, while underscoring the diversity of the Unites States as a fundamental tenet of its strength, McDonough said.

The teleconference was organized by Kyle Lierman, Ethnic Outreach Liaison at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

For ongoing updates on President Obama's trip to Ireland, visit the web site of the US Embassy in Ireland and the White House Briefing Room.

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