--- The crowd at College Green in Dublin topped 25,000, according to Michael Slattery, managing director of Fire Safety Engineers and overall event safety coordinator. Phone number available upon request from WH
Pool left College Green at 6:56, riding down streets still lined with onlookers, and arrived several minutes.
We are holding Merrion Hotel.
The president will then head to the Ambassador Dan Rooney's residence for a dinner.
Air Force one will depart after the dinner.
--- 17.55 White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest: "Due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash, air force one will depart Ireland for London tonight. The schedule for tomorrow will proceed as planned."
--- 17.53 - Obama takes the microphone to make his famous speech. He says "I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way."
--- 17.46 - Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala, take to the stage to introduce the President.
--- 17.23 - Massive Irish pop band Westlife take to the stage.
--- 17.19 - Eurovision duo Jedward perform "Lipstick".
--- 17.08 -
Obama's helicopter lands in Phoenix Park as Daniel Day Lewis and the Coronas keep the crowd in College Green going.
--- 17.01 - A parade of Irish sporting heroes, including Colm Cooper, Henry Sheflin, Brian O'Driscoll, Padraig Harrington, Robbie Keane and Katie Taylor are introduced to the estimated 40,000 strong crowd by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
--- 16.49 - Actor Stephen Rea reads a poem by W. B. Yeats honoring all of those who have been forced to emigrate. Followed by a performance by Imelda May.
--- 16.47 - Concert in College Green Dublin has been kicked off by compare Ryan Tubridy who introduced Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson delivered a stirring speech describing the links between Fredrick Douglass and Daniel O'Connell.
His speech was followed by a performance by Ryan Sheridan
---16.19 - Obama and Michelle head back to Dublin by helicopter.
Authorities have annouced that College Green, where Obama will give his speech later, is at capacity. North and South Quays along the Liffey will be closed shortly.
---15.45 - Along the street, the president Obama accepted kisses from more than a handful of residents, and stretched his arms across rows of the crowd to shake hands.
At 3:45 pm, he and the First Lady walked into Ollie Hayes bar to cheers. He stood in a corner shaking hands with a small group.
The bar had low ceilings and plush maroon colored seats and stain-glass. On the walls: A t-shirt encased in a picture frame with Obama's likeness and the words "O'Bama's Irish Pub." Several 2008 campaign posters, including one with Biden. A banner hung over the bar, "Welcome to Ireland!"
Bits that could be overheard:
"You look a little like my grandfather," Obama said to one man.
"We may be related to him as well. I'll have to check it out when I get back."
"What's your name?"
"We got to get a good picture with everybody. Michelle squeeze in here."
"We got a family tree here and everything."
In brief remarks to the bar crowd of several dozen, Obama said: (check against transcript, but will provide fuller quotes shortly.)
"What a thrill it is to be here."
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