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Is féidir linn: US president toasts his Offaly ancestry with a pint at his new 'local'

Obama bids to lift the gloom by proclaiming 'Yes, we can' in Irish

Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00

With just three words, spoken in Irish, US President Barack Obama lifted the mood of a nation and gave a glimpse of a brighter future.

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Echoing his mantra of "Yes, we can," Mr Obama proclaimed the same sentiment in Irish: "Is féidir linn."

In a momentous address to a crowd of 40,000 at College Green in Dublin that further strengthened the close links between Ireland and America, Mr Obama said: "This little country that inspired the biggest things -- your best days are still ahead of you."

The president earlier paid a memorable visit to his ancestral homeland in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

He and his wife Michelle shook hands with nearly everyone and embraced children. Then they entertained distant relatives while enjoying a Guinness in Ollie Hayes' pub.

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