Outgoing US president Barack Obama is planning a return trip to Ireland, and it is expected to be within 12 months.
Mr Obama, who visited Ireland in 2011 with his family, announced his intention to return during his last meeting with the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley
“The last sentence that the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was ‘please tell ‘em I’m coming’,” Mr O’Malley told Marian Finucane on RTE Radio.
“So I think that’s the President’s way of saying informally that you’ll probably see him again.
The ambassador predicted that Mr Obama would visit Ireland in the near future.
“My guess is in the coming year or so,” he said.
Mr Obama will officially step down from his post towards the end of this month, to be replaced by Donald Trump.
During his 2011 visit Mr Obama and the First Lady, Michelle, visited Moneygall in Co Offaly, his ancestral home, and also appeared before huge crowds at College Green in Dublin.