President Obama discovers his Irish roots
This month President Barack Obama visited Ireland as part of his trip to Europe which brought Dublin to life despite only staying for 24 hours. The visit has been on the cards since March, when the President celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and announced that he could be paying Ireland a visit.
Ireland is enriched in historical landmarks, some of which Barack visited in his short time in Ireland. In Phoenix Park, one of the largest walled parks city parks in Europe, there was a tree-planting ceremony. The park has a 16 km perimeter wall enclosing 707 hectares of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the seventeenth century has been home to a herd of wild Fallow deer.
Phoenix Park is also home to Aras an Uachtarain, the residence to the President of Ireland as well as Dublin zoo which has over 700 animals and tropical birds and is the third oldest zoo in the world. With walks, cycle tracks, restaurants and tours, Phoenix Park is popular place to spend the day.
The President was looking forward to seeing Ireland, where some of his ancestors had lived, saying “I intend to come to Ireland in May, and I am 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.”
President O’Bama, as he quickly became known, made his way to the small town of Monegall to retrace hi ancestral roots. The small town greeted Barack and Michelle Obama like regulars with a traditional pint of Guinness in the local pub, typical of so many in Ireland where you can find traditional music and a friendly atmosphere.
The next stop for Barack was to make his speech at College Green which is a three-sided “square” in the centre of Dublin. Next to it you will find the famous Trinity College and Grafton Street, the number one shopping street in Dublin, where you’ll find all major high street shops and brands accompanied by street entertainment.
Dublin offers “hop on, hop off” bus tours allowing to experience as much of the city as you would like at your own pace, passing all the major city attractions throughout day so you can investigate each attraction when it suits. If like the American president you think it’s time to visit this city then there are a number of fantastic luxury hotels in Dublin and 5 star hotels in Dublin to ensure you enjoy your time here.
Photo credits: Photos of President Obama from ezinemark; Deer in Phoenix park by musical photo man
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