March 20th, 2012
10:00 PM ET
FROM CNN's POLITICAL UNIT:
(CNN) – While receiving a formal certificate of Irish heritage at a St. Patrick's Day celebration on Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn't miss a beat in taking a jab at the so-called "birther" movement.
"This will have a special place of honor alongside my birth certificate," he joked, to great laughter.
Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny presented Obama with the certificate at a White House reception in honor of the president's Irish roots.
The document was to serve, Kenny said, as a "permanent reminder" of Obama's trip last year to the Irish town of Moneygall, where the president's great-great-great grandfather emigrated from during the nineteenth century.
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March 17th, 2012
03:26 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a pint of Guinness, even for the commander-in-chief.
President Barack Obama's motorcade made the mile-and-a-half trip to the The Dubliner, a well-known Capitol Hill pub, at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday – early by normal standards, but just on time for most St. Patrick's Day partiers.
The president enjoyed a Guinness, a classic (if slightly uninspired) choice for the holiday, and spent time shaking hands with other pub-goers, many of whom were wearing green top hats and wigs. At one point he raised his pint to toast the crowd.
The president sported a moss-colored fleece jacket over an open-collared white shirt, enough to avoid pinches from enthusiastic revelers.
Obama's Irish roots have been well explored in the three years he's been in office. In May 2011 he visited Moneygall, in central Ireland, to visit the town his great-great-great grandfather emigrated from in the nineteenth century.
The Irish Taoiseach (prime minister), Enda Kenny, will visit Obama in Washington on Tuesday, and attend a belated St. Patrick's Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol. In the evening the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.
Aside from the Guinness run, Obama and his family marked the Irish holiday by dying the water in the South Lawn fountain green.
Obama's reelection campaign also got into the holiday mood Saturday, offering a special price on green t-shirts proclaiming: 'I (shamrock) O'Bama."
May 23rd, 2011
01:15 PM ET
The president opens speech in College Green with crowd-pleasing line: "My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas"
UPDATE: The crowd numbered 25,000, according to Michael Slattery, managing director of Fire Safety Engineers and overall event safety coordinator.
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May 22nd, 2011
08:52 PM ET
By CNN’s Shawna Shepherd and Brianna Keilar
DUBLIN, Ireland (CNN) - The tiny Irish village of Moneygall has been thrust into the spotlight after genealogists revealed Barack Obama has roots there. Residents are literally rolling out the red carpet – and O’Bama t-shirts – for the U.S. president’s visit Monday.
Moneygall, population 300, will be one of his first stops on a six-day, four-country tour through Europe.
Henry Healy, one of Moneygall's many residents claiming to be a distant relative of America’s first African-American president, is hoping to hoist a beer with their favorite son.
“We knew that the president had interest in his Irish roots,” Healy tells CNN. “He expressed while he was seeking the Democratic nomination that he did want to visit the little village in Ireland and have a pint.” FULL POST
May 22nd, 2011
08:40 PM ET
**This story was originally published on March 17, 2011**
WASHINGTON (CNN) – When President Barack Obama told Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny Thursday that he would visit the nation during his upcoming trip to Europe, all eyes turned toward one tiny village in central Ireland.
“I’m expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to go to Moneygall, where my great-great-great-great-great grandfather hails from,” Obama said in his Oval Office meeting with the new Taoiseach.
Before Obama put it on the map, a racehorse named Papillon was the most famous export of Moneygall. Or as this Irish news website described the village:
This was, of course, before Obama first learned of his Irish heritage prior to the 2008 campaign.