US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will touch down in Ireland for a 24 hour visit on Monday morning.
College Green will now be the venue for a mass rally on Monday evening, where the President will address the crowd and there will be performances from Irish acts – with Jedward and U2 amongst the names rumoured to make appearances at the free concert. Croke Park was ruled out as security was deemed an issue with the venue.
The President and his wife Michelle will be greeted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny when Air Force One touches down at Dublin Airport at 9.30 am on Monday. He will travel to the Phoenix Park and Aras an Uachtaran where President Mary McAleese will hold a formal reception.
He will then travel across the Park to Farmleigh where he will meet the cabinet. A visit to Monegall in Co Offaly is scheduled for the afternoon and it is thought the President will travel there by helicopter to visit his ancestral home, before returning to the capital for 5 pm and the concert and rally at College Green. President Clinton held a similar rally at the same location during his visit to Dublin in 1995.
According to Irish Voice publisher Niall O’Dowd, the President will address immigration reform issues in his public address. It is thought that people can apply for free tickets to the concert and an announcement will be made in the coming days. The President will stay overnight in the American Ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park before leaving for London the following morning.