Friday 18 August 2017

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

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.



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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Irish Independent

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