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Ulster Carpets savour Obama honour

US President Barack Obama may not be setting foot north on his visit to Ireland but he does look set to tread on a little bit of Ulster.

A Portadown firm has been asked to weave a carpet fit for the world's most powerful man ahead of his visit to his ancestral home of Moneygall in Co Offaly.

The rector of the village's Templeharry church, where the president is expected to visit to see his ancestors' place of worship, asked Ulster Carpets to help them spruce the place up.

The company has now donated a deep red carpet to Rev Stephen Neill to make sure the small parish church is looking its best when the president comes to call.

Rev Neill said: "Everyone in the village is so excited at the prospect of President Obama coming here and we're doing everything we can to make the place as lovely as possible for his visit - and it is especially significant that he'll be back in the church where his ancestors once prayed.

"We're delighted at Ulster Carpets' generosity and are very much looking forward to getting the carpet fitted. It is especially pleasing that the carpet was made in Ireland. Thanks to them, we'll be able to make the old place look splendid."

Joyce McIvor, Ulster Carpets' contract sales manager for Ireland, said it will not be the first time the president has walked on one of their weaves.

"When we were approached by the church we were happy to help this community celebrate their historic event," she said.

"President Obama has walked on an Ulster carpet before. The Washington DC Convention Centre and the Washington DC Hilton hotel, which were both venues for events to celebrate his inauguration , were also carpeted by Ulster Carpets."

She added: "The church chose a beautiful deep red from our woven York Wilton range. It's appropriate for a church, but also for a president."

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