Monday, May 16, 2011
President Barack Obama's Trip to Ireland
President Barack Obama is visiting Ireland for the first time and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin on Monday, May 23, 2011. He'll spend most of the day in Dublin but will also take a helicopter to Moneygall, County Offaly, to visit his ancestral home, according to the US Department of State.
When he announced the trip on March 17, 2011 at the White House, President Obama said,
"I intend to come to Ireland in May, and I’m expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to go to Moneygall, where my great-great-great-great-great grandfather hails from. "
Although President Obama is only about 3.1 % Irish, people in Ireland have continuously called for the president to visit Ireland since he first became president.
For ongoing details on President Obama's trip to Ireland, visit the US Embassy in Ireland site.
For more about President Obama's connections to the Irish-American community, visit IrishAmericansforObamaBiden.