US President Barack Obama has singled out an Irish emigrant as a shining example of someone who had "worked hard, played by the rules" and realised her "dream" of becoming an American citizen.
A letter written by Ann Dermody has formed the backdrop for the President's latest push to pass new immigration laws.
Ann, who emigrated from Carlow seven years ago, wrote to Mr Obama saying she felt like she had "arrived" when she got her citizenship last March.
She submitted the letter on the White House website and thought nothing more of it until she was contacted by Mr Obama's staff asking if he could publicly quote from it.
The President also replied, apologising for not attending her citizenship ceremony.
"It's the real deal because it's handwritten by him. I was blown away," Ms Dermody told the Irish Independent.