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Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots

US president visits tiny village of Moneygall, where one of his ancestors lived before moving to US

Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US President Barack Obama greets the locals in his ancestral home of Moneygall on May 23, 2011 in Moneygall, Ireland. US President Obama is visiting Ireland for one day at the start of a week long tour of Europe. He will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert (Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
Obama declared solidarity between the US and economically struggling Ireland, telling a huge Dublin crowd on Monday: "Your best days are still ahead (Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the locals in his ancestral home of Moneygall on May 23, 2011 in Moneygall, Ireland (Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US President Barack Obama (L) waves to the crowd flanked by Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny during a public rally at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011. US President Barack Obama landed in Ireland May 23, 2011 for a visit celebrating his ancestral roots, kicking off a four-nation European tour (AFP/Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US President Barack Obama (L) greets a young fans during a public rally, in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to their car upon arriving at the Stansted airport in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, on May 23, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
John Grimes and Edward Grimes of the band Jedward perform onstage before the appearance of US President Barack Obama in College Green on May 23, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland (Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
A fan waves a US flag as they greet US President Barack Obama at a rally, in Dublin. Crowds packed the streets for both a stirring speech in Dublin and a visit to the tiny village of Moneygall, where an ancestor of Obama's lived before moving to the US (AFP/Getty Images)
Ireland cheers Obama's return to his roots
US President Barack Obama (R) is hugged by a fan after delivering a speech during a public rally at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, on May 23, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)