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Obama sets sights on a return to his Irish roots

By PA Reporter

Outgoing US president Barack Obama will return to the Republic of Ireland once he has left the White House, Washington's ambassador in Dublin said.

Kevin O'Malley said Mr Obama had asked him to tell the people of Ireland he would return to the country once he had left office.

Like millions of Americans, Mr Obama has Irish roots - something he celebrated on a visit in 2011 when he supped a pint of Guinness at a pub in his ancestral homeland, Moneygall. Mr Obama's great-great-great-great-grandfather was a shoemaker there and his son, Falmouth Kearney, left for New York in 1850.

O'Malley, whose tenure as ambassador will also end when Donald Trump enters the White House, said Mr Obama told him he would return to Ireland, possibly this year. "The last sentence the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was 'please tell them I'm coming'," he told RTE Radio 1.

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