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Obama Confirms He'll Visit Ireland in May

It had been reported earlier. Now it's official.

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A lighter moment from last year's St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House. It looks like the president will visit Ireland in May.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Wire services are reporting that that President Obama told Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny that he will visit the country in May, ahead of his state visit to London and a visit to Deauville, France for the G8 summit.

The Irish Times first reported the visit in late February on the word of an anonymous official familiar with discussions about the trip. At the time, they said neither the White House nor the appropriate embassies would confirm the visit.

 

According to pool reports from the president's remarks to the press with Kenny, Obama said his visit to Ireland would include the usual tourist sites as well as a search for the roots of his "great, great, great, great, great grandfather." Ancestry.com recently traced his roots to Ireland, where his great-great-great-grandfather on his mother's side, Falmouth Kearney, emigrated to the United States when he was 19 to flee the potato famine.

"Ireland is open for business," Kenny reportedly told Obama.

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