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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  1. Utube irish americabashing

    it appears that obamas relatives are upset and claim that being americanized was a horrible blight upon their culture.. But when we hear them speak with great liberty and intelligence it appears to be only the much embraced free market forces. Perhaps they misunderstand their current President.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    Irish I too have a great,great, great great grandfather that was irish just tid and bits of our family history. I often wonder why did he leave ireland and come to the states what was it like for our family. Someday i would like to know the whole story no matter what. Its good to know your roots.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bearclaw Palin

    I want to see some birth certificates... .

    March 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    I'd like to visit England to see my separated descendants too. I forgot Obama was Irish. There's an Irish song about him. It's kind of funny.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    I do see a hint of potato famine in his eyes.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Me: I think you are funny. You have a big butt, baby face, and you smell like my filthy, dirty, armpits, boy!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Kim: The only roots that you will ever know are the roots coming out of your filthy hair, you bleached b*ttface. Hahaahahhaah

    March 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Trolling For Columbine

    Hey real Cesar knock it off! Click clack...

    March 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Mr president
    You need some time to relax after all the problems you are facing. Its nIce to have a president that takes time to think it out before making any hastey decesions. God bless you and enjoy your trip.
    Rep from n.c

    March 18, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. argylian

    Really? A president that takes "time out"? He has taken more time out than Clinton and the 2 Bushs COMBINED! SHEESH!!

    March 18, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. argylian

    There are a couple of things going on in the world that need his attention more than his great, great,great,great grandfather. I don't think he'll miss him!

    March 18, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |

    You republicans are just mad because you don't have anyone with enough intelligence to run against him !

    Good luck with Trump and Palin at the wheel !! AHHAHHAHAHH !!!!

    Bend over and kiss your stocks goodbye !!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |

    By the way,..Bush holds the RECORD for most time off during a presidency !

    March 18, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • JaZZ7

      I;m not surprised

      March 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Few know it but St Patrick was Italian

    March 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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