Monday, May 23, 2011

Obama starts European tour with a visit to his Irish ancestry

Dublin .- U.S. President Barack Obama, arrives today to Ireland to make a brief one-day visit during which he plans to travel to the village of his ancestors, the small town of Moneygall, County Offaly (center). Obama's visit is non-state and although security measures are strong, are not as extreme as those deployed last week to mark the historic journey of four days of Queen Elizabeth II.

Thus, the President may refer to a welcome speech to the thousands of Irish people will gather late in the afternoon on College Green, opposite the University of Trinity College Dublin, the same stage where Bill Clinton did in 1995. The event will include musical performances from Westlife, Imelda May and Edward, while other artists such as actors Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea and Gabriel Byrne will entertain the public until Obama stand on a platform protected by bulletproof transparent panels.

The event is free and is not restricted, but attendees must pass a rigorous security check before entering the premises prepared in this central part of the Irish capital. With this one-day visit, the president, who will be accompanied by First Lady, Michelle Obama, will begin a European tour aimed, according to the White House to highlight the vitality of transatlantic ties, but in which the situation Middle East will also have an important role.

The plane "Air Force One" the president is scheduled to land in Dublin to the 09.00 GMT, from where they move to the residence of Irish President Mary McAleese at the Phoenix Park, to receive an official welcome. Then hold a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Eamon Gilmore, with whom he will discuss bilateral issues and progress in the peace process in Northern Ireland, a matter in which, as himself, were involved their predecessors.

If time allows, "O'Bama", as he is affectionately called in Ireland, will be taken to lunch by helicopter to the village of Moneygall to know the land of one of his ancestors, the maternal grandfather Fulmuth tata-Kearney. There, Obama and Michelle are planning to walk along the main street and even visit their ancestral home, where you will be greeted by the head of the Donovan family, John, the owner of the house.

They will also make a stop at the pub Ollie Hayes', where, unlike what they did Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Obama is sure to test the pint of Guinness that will help them to share a drink and conversation with others distant relatives of the clan Healy, Donovan and Benn. Back in Dublin, Obama will take the stage to deliver a speech to Trinity College as the Irish authorities want it to be a "public celebration" of the visit of the sixth American president to the island in 1963 after it did for first time another tenant of the White House with Celtic blood, the Catholic John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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