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We'll roll out red carpet for Michelle and girls, says cousin Henry

MONEYGALL village will be ready and waiting to welcome Michelle Obama and her daughters next month, says President Barack Obama's Irish cousin.

Arrangements are being made for an overnight visit by the First Lady and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, to visit the Republic in June.

The trip is being planned around President Obama's attendance at the G8 summit of world leaders at Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh on June 17 and 18.

Henry Healy, the president's distant cousin, said the village of Moneygall in Co Offaly will "welcome the First Lady and her daughters" if they visit.

"The village will be ready and waiting," said Mr Healy, who has visited the White House on a number of occasions.

Ms Obama reportedly wants to bring her children to Ireland after she accompanied her husband here in May 2011.

During the momentous visit, they travelled to Moneygall, the birthplace of the president's ancestor Falmouth Kearney.

"On the visit here to Moneygall, most of my time was spent with the First Lady, especially in the bar. I find her very personable, down to earth and ordinary, regular person, easy to talk to. She is very pleasant and friendly.

"Hopefully, we'll get to see the same bubbly personality on the streets of Moneygall in the coming weeks," he said.

"Obviously, our village has done quite well from the first visit and we have tour buses nearly every morning pulling into the village, going to the ancestral home, visiting the bar and cafe.

Following his meeting with Mr Obama at the White House in March, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that there was a "standing invitation" for the president, the first lady and their family to visit Ireland.

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