President Obama in Ireland

2011-05-24 13:00:00

What a great weekend! On Friday I got to play a great round of golf at the Bunclody Golf Club and then on Saturday I travelled to Cardiff to watch the Heineken Cup final and the game certainly didn’t disappoint! Although by the end of the first half it looked like Leinster had been defeated they instead had one of the greatest comebacks in Heineken Cup final history. Leinster were crowned Heineken Cup champions for the second time following a 33 to 22 win over Northhampton. Hopefully they’ll make it two in a row this weekend in the Magners League Final against Munster on Saturday!

Of course the big news story this week was President Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland yesterday. There were crowds around Dublin Airport as Air Force One landed shortly before 9.30 on Monday morning. We had a great view from the balcony at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport and could see the plane arriving and landing at the airport. As planned, the President and his wife went on to Áras an Uachtaráin from the airport, where they met President Mary McAleese before meeting Enda Kenny at Farmleigh House. After a visit to the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, the Obamas then travelled to Moneygall, Co Offaly which is ancestral home of President Obama. Despite the rain, both he and Michelle shook almost every hand in the crowd before drinking a pint of Guinness in the local. After a short helicopter trip back to Dublin, the US President delivered an inspiring speech to thousands of people at College Green. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of those thousands but like many others I did get to see the coverage of the speech on TV instead!

Two historic visits in the space of just a few days although I’d say it’ll be a good few years before we’ll see anything like it again!

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