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18 Jun 2013  Students l-r; Toni Caffrey, 14 Saoirse O'Neill, 15, and Nikita McAuley, 15.  Larkin Community College, Dublin. Picture Credit: Caroline Quinn

18 Jun 2013 Students l-r; Toni Caffrey, 14 Saoirse O'Neill, 15, and Nikita McAuley, 15. Larkin Community College, Dublin. Picture Credit: Caroline Quinn

18 Jun 2013 Students l-r; Toni Caffrey, 14 Saoirse O'Neill, 15, and Nikita McAuley, 15. Larkin Community College, Dublin. Picture Credit: Caroline Quinn

THREE Dublin teenagers were still in shock after meeting Michelle Obama.

Saoirse O'Neill (15), Nikita McAuley (15) and Toni Caffrey (14) told the Herald of their thrill when they met the First Lady of the United States at the Gaiety Theatre.

The three students from Larkin Community College were told to meet at the school in their uniforms – describing it as 'annoying' given they are on their summer holidays – with their passports, but got no other information.

"We knew we were going to see Michelle Obama," Toni explained.

"We thought we'd just be part of an audience watching her doing something," agreed Saoirse.

"When she sat behind us (in the theatre) it was a shock to all of us."

The girls admit they were overwhelmed when Ms Obama took her seat and they almost shed a few tears.

Her speech impressed the girls too.

Inspirational

"The speech was really inspirational," Toni said.

"It was already special because it was Michelle Obama," who the girls say was already an inspirational figure to them.

"She was saying that if young people want something in life, never give up on it," Saoirse said.

"She says it to her kids all the time. They are probably sick of hearing it," she added.

"She was saying about giving back to your community too. It's your home," said Nikita.

This is certainly something that the three girls have done after working in cooperation with Localise and the American Embassy in Dublin to build a Garden of Hope for the local Simon housing facility.

That was how the invite to Riverdance came about.

"She said we were wonderful and loved the project," Nikita said.

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