President Obama's Irish cousin to attend Democratic nominating convention

Barack Obama and Henry Healy celebrating St. Patrick's Day in D.C., 2012.

President Obama's Irish cousin, Henry Healy, will attend the Democratic nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina next week, reports the Irish Times.

“I’m excited because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded to me to see President Obama accept the nomination," said the Moneygall native.

“It’ll be an electrifying part of the re-election campaign, to be there to witness and absorb the atmosphere."

Healy, 27, was invited to the Irish-American Democrats convention party next Wednesday. He told the Irish Times that he would be traveling at his own expense, flying out on Sept 1 and returning the following Saturday.

Healy, who recently took a job with Ireland Reaching Out, an Irish genealogy campaign helping people trace their ancestors, welcomed Barack Obama when he visited the Offaly town last year.