First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama concluded her eventful two-day trip to Ireland with a traditional Irish lunch in Dublin in the company of U2's Bono.
According to the Irish Times Obama arrived at Finnegan’s pub in the suburb of Dalkey with her daughters Malia and Sasha at 1:20 P.M. Earlier in the morning they had taken in the spectacular scenery of Glendalough, often referred to as the garden of Ireland.
Chef Paul Finnegan described the family as 'lovely, friendly people.' He said all three requested fish and chips while Mrs Obama also chose the lobster starter.
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson told the press they had discussed everything and nothing over lunch with the Obamas and had talked about their families.
Mrs Obama was reunited with President Barack Obama in Belfast later yesterday afternoon before the family travelled on to Berlin.
The pub had been closed to the public since early morning but press reports stated that about 60 local people were inside before the first family arrived. A large crowd had reportedly gathered outside and whooped as the fleet of black armoured cars arrived.
The nearby Paddy Power bookmakers shop reportedly changed its sign to O’Bama Power in anticipation of the visit.
In a security measure all outdoor bins on the local streets were covered and there was a strong Irish police presence in the famous Dublin village.
The Dalkey pub is no stranger to famous visitors. Big banner guests have included Salman Rushdie, Mel Gibson and Penelope Cruz.
The late novelist Maeve Binchy, who lived nearby, also reportedly came in for lunch several times a week to the same reserved table in an alcove with her husband Gordon Snell.
Athough the Obamas had left Dublin by late afternoon a huge security operation remained in place in the city with parts of St Stephen’s Green and Kildare Street closed to through traffic.
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