In case you haven’t heard the news (we’re sure there must be at least a few of you out there) President Obama has a trip to the Emerald Isle slated for sometime in May. After meeting with Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Enda Kenny on St. Patrick’s Day at the White House, the Commander in Chief announced his travel plans, emphasizing that he’d like to visit Moneygall, the home of some of his distant ancestors.
According to the BBC, Obama’s great, great, great, great, great grandfather made his living as a cobbler in Moneygall (located in County Offaly). The president’s first Irish ancestor arrived in the United States in 1850.
There is also evidence that Obama may have distant family hailing from Dublin. Researchers at Trinity College have determined that one of the president’s grand uncles may have been a wigmaker and politician living in the Irish capital during the early 18th century.
Prime Minister Kenny says that the Irish people are very excited about the president’s coming visit and plan on treating him to a festive welcome.
No date has yet been announced for Obama’s Ireland trip, but if you’re planning on visiting Ireland in May you might have a good chance of seeing the president. Be sure to let us know if you run into him!