plans in place …. almost

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala Kenny, in the Green Room of the White House before a St. Patrick’s Day reception, March 17, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Irish Independent: US President Barack Obama will touch down in Ireland for a 24 hour visit on Monday morning. College Green, Dublin 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…

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.

24 Responses to “plans in place …. almost”

  1. 1 lisa
    May 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide….. 🙂

  2. 2 Fred
    May 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  3. 5 Tulips
    May 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    im wearing green on monday.

  4. 7 AnitaW
    May 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I can hardly wait until they go on this trip. I thought I read somewhere that the girls are travelling with them. I hope they have a restful and joyful time in Ireland and for the rest of their trip.

  5. 8 Me4obama
    May 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    The excitement is killing me. 3 more days to moneygall. Hooray.

  6. 9 UT Austin Liberal
    May 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I’m so excited too. Wow I think the President is going to have a real busy next week. Visit to Ireland, London and I think the G8 Summit is next week also?

  7. 10 Barb
    May 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Ireland is having a very busy week with these back to back visits. I haven’t been following this week’s but I will be cheering on Monday. Wish I could be there especially for the visit to Moneygal. I know the village is jumping with excitement.

    In my heart I would hope they allow visiters along the road but make it an exclusive up close and personal for the ancestor’s visit. They have gone all out to prepare for his arrival and I am thrilled at the excitement they must feel.If that house is still red white and blue the President will appreciate the hard work they’ve done to welcome him. I love the enthusiasm. It’s about time they had a grand visitor to their neighborhood.

  8. 11 kelly
    May 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I hope Moneygall realizes how excited some folks in USA and other nations are for the visit to their tiny town. I am more excited for them that even the rest of the Irish trip. They are just so cute and tenacious, even when one of their shops got severely damaged by a truck accident they just kept on sprucing up the rest of their sweet little shops, painting their homes, their pubs etc….I just love that place.


  9. 13 Fred
    May 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I just read that the former Irish Prime Minister died today also;my guess is he’ll have to stop at the Embassy or something while over there and sign a guest book 😮

    • May 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      The only Irish Prime Minister in my lifetime who I respected, Garret Fitzgerald – he was 85, but his death is still so sad. A lovely, great man.

      • 15 sherijr
        May 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        I’m so sorry Chipsticks~

        • May 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

          Ah, thank you sherijr – he’d a good long life and was still hugely busy right up to his death, so I’m sure his family are comforted by that. He was a really good, decent and honest man, he’ll be missed.

          • 17 Luci1119
            May 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

            I’m so sorry too Chips 😦 There’s never ever a word to make you feel better In these circumstances. Umm his Family and Friends will be In my thoughts and prayers.

            • 18 Barb
              May 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm

              Oh Chips.

              A toast to Garret Fitzgerald:

              May the road rise up to meet him; May the wind be always at his back, the “sun shine warm” upon his face, … May he have been in heaven 1/2 hour before the devil knew he was dead.

  10. 19 mtmarilyn
    May 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I am also excited about this trip. I plan to be glued to my computer and TV and here on Monday.

    • 20 theo67
      May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      I’m so glad Monday is a holiday. I’m literally addicted to the Obamas. 🙂

      • 21 Luci1119
        May 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        You know, me too, just Addicted, I say a prayer sometimes to ask the Lord to forgive me, for this Addiction.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm


  12. 23 Barb
    May 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Everyone is hearby Irish for 24 hours on Monday. So be it. Just call me Maggie after my dear ole mother. God rest her soul.

  13. 24 Asher in Boston
    May 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I cant wait and I will be glued on this site because I dont trust the lame stream media. And I know, that on here, I will actually see what is actually going on not the snippets from the idiots. And of course they wont do him justice, they will slice and dice every move he makes. So, on here, I will be.

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