Tight security and traffic restrictions are in place ahead of the visit of US president Barack Obama to Ireland tomorrow 24/5/2011.
Mr Obama is expected to visit his ancestral home in the village of Moneygall, Co Offaly in the afternoon before speaking at an open air rally and concert at College Green, in Dublin in the evening.
Access will not be restricted to the free concert and presidential address but those attending will be screened.
Mr Obama will speak at the same location where former president Bill Clinton addressed a crowd during his visit in 1995.
The speech will follow a whistle-stop trip to Moneygall where up to 2,000 people are expected to pack into the village for his 45-minute drop-in.
Unlike the Queen’s tour, which concluded on Friday, this is not a State visit and therefore will not carry the same degree of ceremony.
Mr Obama will be the sixth US presidential visit to Ireland. The first was made by John F Kennedy in 1963.
At the start of the visit, Mr Obama and the First Lady will call on President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin.
They will sign the visitor’s book and there will be a tree planting ceremony. Two children will ring the Peace Bell and greet Mr Obama and his wife Michelle.
The meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala will take place at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park.
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will meet the Mr Obama Farmleigh. to discuss economic matters; the Northern Ireland peace process and co-operation between the two countries on food security.
Mr Obama will then be taken by helicopter to Moneygall. His great-great-great-great-grandfather was a shoemaker in Moneygall and his son, Falmouth Kearney, left for New York in 1850.
Residents queued for up to six hours on Thursday to secure a ticket to see his homecoming. It will involve a trip down Main Street to the Kearney ancestral home, where he will be greeted by John Donovan, the owner of the house, and his family.
Mr Obama will then visit Ollie Hayes’ pub to meet extended family members including representatives of the Healy, Donovan and Benn families.
On his return to Dublin, Mr Obama will make an open air address at College Greenat the end of entertainment involving many well-known Irish artists. Security gates will open at 2pm.
Large screens will be in place on College Green to enable all present to see those on stage. Mr Obama will fly out of Dublin on Tuesday to start a state visit to the UK.
Thank you Irish. You may like to ask him about Israel and his plan for peace.
It would be amazing to bring peace to the middle east.
Peace in the wild and crazy Middle East would have to start with the Middle Eastern governments and people. One world leader can only do so much. Some of these Middle Eastern government officials are about a screwed up as anyone can get. They tell what other world leaders what they want to hear to get them out of their faces so they can go on their usual day to day tasks of sponsoring terrorism and slaughtering their own citizens.
President done America proud today, he is leaving Ireland early due to volcanic ash cloud over UK
First, say: It is a pleasure to meet you Mr. President, it is a pleasant Irish eve, and Mrs. Obama looks stunning! Then say "your fly is open!" Just to see if he looks!
He done WHO proud, you say?
What questions did you get to ask him? Any?
He's the elected official who refuses to answer to his constituents, much less people in another Country! So I imagine your answer is "Nothing", right?
Ask him about his birth certificate. He loves talking about that.
Oh gad! Were you there when the beast got stuck like a turtle on a fencepost?? Did he kiss the Blarney stone?
Ask if Osama was really killed by the troops or he died of a heart attack after which the bombing and related drama was built up
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