On St. Patrick's Day, US President Barack Obama announced his intention to visit Ireland at the end of May, 2011. He made the announcement as part of the White House activities celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
"I wanted to say today that I intend to come to Ireland in May," said the President at a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011.
"I’m 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. Joe Biden is envious because he wants to go first -- (laughter) -- but my expectation is, is that I’ll just be laying the groundwork for what I’m sure will be an even more wonderful trip by him. But I’m very much looking forward to that."
President Obama is traveling to France for the G8 summit of world leaders in France, and is also expected to visit the United Kingdom.