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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's All Happening Here....

Last week we had The Queen on a 4 day state visit and this week we had the US President for a visit.

The Queen arrived in Dublin on Tuesday, May 17th for the start of a historic four day state visit.  Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh met with the Irish President Mary McAleese at the Aras an Uachtarain for a Welcoming Ceremony.  It was then onto a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance and a visit to Trinity College, Dublin.

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On Wednesday, the Queen made a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, to the Government Buildings, the Irish War Memorial Garden at Islandbridge and to Croke Park.  They also attended a State Dinner in Dublin Castle.

The Guinness Storehouse
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Croke Park

Being presented with a Hurl and Sliother

I have to put this photo in.  It is not really related to the Queen's visit but it is a picture of my son running out onto to Croke Park where he played for the first time in an All-Ireland Vocational Schools final, which they won!  I was one proud Momma!!!

My Son (in the yellow boots) running out onto Cork Park

On Thursday the Queen paid a visit to the Irish National Stud, in Kildare.  Then on Friday they paid a visit to the Rock of Cashel and then onto The English Market, in Cork. 

So the following week, President Obama and his wife Michelle arrived in Ireland on Tuesday, 24th May.  They first went to Aras an Uachtarain where they were welcomed by the Irish President, Mary McAleese.  President Obama planted a tree in the gardens of the Aras, just a few feet away from where Queen Elizabeth performed a similar duty last week.  They then moved onto Farmleigh House where the US President held a meeting with the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

President Obama and his wife Michelle arriving in Ireland
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President Obama planting a tree in the Aras
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Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny presenting a Hurl to President Obama
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After his meeting with the Irish Taoiseach, the president then had a quick stop in the American Embassy and then it was off to the village of Moneygall, Co. Offaly.  It was here that the President went to visit the house built on the site of the home of his great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney.  He then went onto have a pint of Guinness in Ollie Haye's Bar.

President Obama and his wife enjoying a pint of Guinness!
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After President Obama's visit to Moneygall, they then returned to College Green, in Dublin for a public celebration following an open-air concert.  The president rounded off his visit with a hopeful message of determination to fight adversity to the Irish people,

"This little country, that inspires the biggest things - your best days are still ahead.  Our greatest triumphs - in America and Ireland alike - are still to come.

And, Ireland, if anyone says otherwise, if anybody ever tells you that your problems are too big, or your challenges are too great, that we can't do something, that we shouldn't even try - think about all that we've done together.

Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner.  And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed:  Is Feidir Linn.  Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is Feidir Linn".

President Obama in College Green in Dublin
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