Friday, May 20, 2011

Obama Visits and Speaks in Ireland May 23

Obama and Michelle Obama will spend one day in Ireland. Obama will speak at College Green in Dublin on May 23. He's expected to speak sometime before 5:30 pm local (Ireland) time. I'll update when more details are available.
POTUS and FLOTUS leave Ireland Tuesday, May 24, for a State visit (official business with ceremony) to England through May 26. He'll speak at Westminster Hall in London on May 25.
The Government announced yesterday that members of the public will have free access to an event in College Green in Dublin at which Mr Obama will speak on Monday.

The president will speak from behind a plexiglass screen for security reasons, and metal scanners will be in operation, but access is not being restricted in any way.

In his speech, expected to last 15 to 20 minutes, Mr Obama is expected to highlight the strong ties between Ireland and the US.

Mr Obama is due to arrive at the airport on Air Force One shortly before 10am on Monday. He will then make a courtesy call on President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin, before travelling within the Phoenix Park to Farmleigh, where he will call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Government’s guest residence.

He will hold a private meeting with US embassy staff.

Weather permitting, he will then travel by helicopter to Moneygall, Co Offaly, the site of his ancestral homestead. An hour has been allocated for this visit, during which Mr Obama will have a pint poured for him in a local pub and, unlike Queen Elizabeth, will most likely take a sip.
Read more at the Irish Times