With the final details of Obama’s Irish trip being finalized, the White House is being flooded with invitations from local authorities and organizations throughout Ireland, who are eager for the U.S. President to grace their presence.
The National Trust of Ireland, An Taisce has invited the president to visit Tailor’s Hall “where in 1744, Michael J Kearney, Barack Obama’s great, great, great, great, great, great uncle mounted a campaign against corruption in the city government."
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O’Connell, sent a letter conferring Obama with the Freedom of Cork City during his trip.
In his letter, Cllr O’Connell stated: "As you are aware, the Freedom of City of Cork was granted to President Dr Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and to President John F Kennedy in 1963 and I would be delighted to maintain the tradition of honouring visits of American Presidents to Cork City by conferring the Freedom of the City of Cork on President Obama."
In Trim, deputy Ray Butler has extended an invitation for Obama to visit Trim Castle and the Boyne Valley on his forthcoming visit next month.
"We can assure the President that the motto of the people of Trim is 'Always welcome the visitor' so he will get a huge, open-armed welcome, unlike his ancestors in the 12th century," said Deputy Butler
Local councillor Aengus O'Rourke from Athlone, has invited Obama to come to the town, reminding him that it is a short trip from his ancestral home in Offaly.
"Your ancestral home of Moneygall in Co. Offaly is a short distance from our town. Athlone is the largest town in the Midlands of Ireland and lies just 70km from Moneygall," the letter said.
The Mayor of Galway Paraic Conneely also invited Obama to come to Galway during his trip.
“I am confident after my discussions with Mr Faucher (the Chargé d’Affairs in the American Embassy in Dublin ) that Galway City would be high on the agenda of a possible visit of the US President to Ireland,” he said.
Obama intends to stay overnight on May 23 in the residence of Ambassador Dan Rooney,in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
As well as touching down in the nations capital, it is expected that he will visit his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly.
There is also much speculation that he will travel to County Mayo, the home of Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny.