"We are thrilled to be here," President Barack Obama said as he greeted Ireland's president Mary McAleese on Monday.
Despite the grey skies looming over the Emerald Isle, the 49-year-old added: "The sun's coming out – I can feel it.".
First Lady Michelle Obama accompanied her husband for the trip to Ireland which has seen him return to his ancestral home - which had been decorated with American flags for his visit.
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Barack visited Moneygall, a village of 300 residents, where one of his mother's ancestors was born before emigrating to America in 1850.
The excitement was tangible, and he was welcomed with