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Obamas set to stroll in Glendalough... the lunch in Dalkey


Michelle and daughters Sasha (right) and Malia

Michelle and daughters Sasha (right) and Malia

Michelle and daughters Sasha (right) and Malia

US FIRST LADY Michelle Obama and her two children will take a stroll through lovely Glendalough before enjoying lunch in Dalkey during the final day of their high-profile visit to Ireland.

A major security operation will be in place when the First Lady travels to Dublin on Monday, accompanied by her daughters Sasha (12) and Malia (14).

Senior gardai were last night in close contact with members of the US Secret Service as the final arrangements were being put in place.

The Herald can reveal that the family are scheduled to visit Glendalough in Co Wicklow on Tuesday morning.

There will be ultra-tight security as Michelle and her children are brought on a guided tour.

Glendalough itself will be on lockdown during the visit as dozens of gardai are brought down from the capital and other parts of Wicklow.

It will be patrolled by officers from the armed Emergency Response Unit, the Secret Service and officials from the Obama's own private security team.



"No expense is being spared when it comes to this sort of visit," a senior source said. "There will be extremely tight security around the area while the Obamas are there. However the risk of a potential security breach is seen as quite low."

Following the visit, the family will be brought by garda escort up to Dalkey for the final part of the two-day visit.

They will enjoy lunch in the south Dublin village – just minutes from the home of Barack Obama's pal Bono.

The pair met in the Oval Office in April 2010 and are known to have struck up a strong friendship.

After visiting the village, Michelle and her two daughters are due to fly back to Belfast, where they will reunite with the US president.

They are scheduled to stay in the Shelbourne on Monday night and are also expected to visit Trinity College.

Traffic in Dublin City faces disruption during the visit as gardai roll out a special security operation.