Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Tell them I'm coming' - Obama to visit Ireland again 'in the next year or so'

"PRESIDENTIAL WELCOME" President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive to address the crowd in College Green, Dublin, during their visit to Ireland. 1st News Julian Behal Press Association Ireland
Barack Obama enjoying a pint of Guinness in Ollie Hayes Bar in Moneygall, Co Offaly during his 2011 visit
US President Barack Obama Visits Ireland...DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 23: US President Barack Obama makes a speech at College Green with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on May 23, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. U.S. President Obama is visiting Ireland for one day. Earlier he met with Irish President Mary McAleese, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Enda Kenny and visited his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly. (Photo by Irish Government - Pool/Getty Images)...I
Wing woman: Enda and Fionnuala arrive onstage at College Green before US President Barack Obama speaks on May 23, 2011.
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OUTGOING US President Barack Obama is planning a return trip to Ireland, and it is expected to be within 12 months.

Mr Obama, who visited Ireland in 2011 with his family, announced his intention to return during his last meeting with the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley

“The lasts sentence that the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was ‘please tell ‘em I’m coming’,” Mr O’Malley told Marian Finucane on RTE Radio.

“So I think that’s the President’s way of saying informally that you’ll probably see him again.

The ambassador predicted that Mr Obama would visit Ireland in the near future.

“My guess is in the coming year or so,” he said.

Mr Obama will officially step down from his post towards the end of this month, to be replaced by Donald Trump.

During his 2011 visit Mr Obama and the First Lady, Michelle, visited Moneygall in Co Offaly, his ancestral home, and also appeared before huge crowds at College Green in Dublin.

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