Obama hopes to see ancestor's birthplace during visit to Ireland
President Obama said during a visit with Prime Minister Enda Kenny that he hopes to visit an ancestor?s birthplace in Ireland.
March 17th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Obama hopes to see ancestor's birthplace during visit to Ireland

President Barack Obama announced on Thursday - St. Patrick's Day - that he will stop in Ireland in May as a side trip from his state visit to the United Kingdom, and that he hopes to visit the birthplace there of his great-great-great-great-great grandfather.

He made the announcement as he met with the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office. The birthplace is in Moneygall, he said, adding that he also plans to visit "famous sites" in the country.

28 Irish-Americans identified as Obama relatives

Obama - clad in a light green tie and sporting shamrocks emerging from his suit pocket - stressed the "incredible bond" between the two countries. Beyond the customary comments on his guest's leadership, the president thanked Ireland for its assistance with the U.S. effort in Afghanistan and on issues such as food security, and hailed progress and stability in Northern Ireland.

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