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In photos: Obama’s visit to Ireland

The visit of US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, in pictures…

Image: Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Updated 19.50

US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and the first lady Michelle Obama are halfway through their 24-hour visit to Ireland.

So far this morning they have touched down in Dublin Airport; been carried by helicopter to the Phoenix Park; visited President Mary McAleese in Áras an Uachtaráin; planted an Irish Oak in the grounds of the president’s residence; and chatted with the Taoiseach in Farmleigh House.

Phew. We hope they have somewhere relaxing booked for lunch…

In photos: Obama’s visit to Ireland
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  • Landing in Dublin Airport

    Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle land in Dublin Airport on Air Force One at the start of his visit to Ireland. Picture by: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • The wind picks up...

    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Eamon Gilmore as they step off Air Force One as they arrive in Dublin. Picture by: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images
  • Michelle, we feel your pain

    US first lady Michelle Obama's hair is disheveled by the wind as she and President Barack Obama are greeted by dignitaries. Women across Ireland murmur in sympathy... Picture by: Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images
  • Two presidents meet

    President Barack Obama is greeted by the President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin. Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • At the Áras

    From left, US Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney and his wife Patricia Rooney, President Barack Obama, President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin McAleese, and first lady Michelle Obama. Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • Travelling in style

    The presidential limousine is parked outside the Áras as US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with Ireland's President Mary McAleese and husband Martin McAleese. Picture by: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images
  • Tree planting ceremony

    Obama meets with the head gardener at the Áras before planting an Irish Oak in the grounds of the Phoenix Park. In the background, three children ring the Peace Bell. Picture by: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images
  • Tour of Farmleigh

    First Lady Michelle Obama with Fionnuala Kenny view an embroidered panel depicting the Norman Invasion during a tour of Farmleigh House. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • The Obamas meet with Irish schoolchildren

    President and Michelle Obama meet with the children who rang the Peace Bell: (L-R) Onyedika Ukachukwu, Colm Dunne and Margaret McDonagh. Picture by: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images
  • Farmleigh House

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama,Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Fionnuala Kenny. Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • The Taoiseach meets the US President

    Obama is greeted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala Kenny at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • Greetings

    The Obamas are greeted by the Kennys at Farmleigh House. Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • Obama and Kenny

    US President Barack Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin, where the two held talks. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Michelle and Fionnuala

    Michelle Obama speaks with Fionnuala Kenny in the gardens of Farmleigh. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Obama was 'ere

    President Obama and Michelle Obama sign the visitors' book in Áras an Uachtaráin. Picture by: Peter Morrison/AP/Press Association Images
  • Signatures

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's signatures in the visitors book at Áras an Uachtaráin. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Kenny gives Obama a lesson in hurling

    The Taoiseach gives the US President a few pointers... Picture by: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images
  • Getting to grips with it...

    He's a natural, our O'Bama. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Whoa! Bit too close there...

    Enda looks a tad more nervous in this snap. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Don't mess with O'Bama

    Things looked a bit hairy for a minute... but settled down before a full-blown diplomatic incident occurred. Picture by: Maxwells/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • Homeward Bound

    Thousands queue up at the Nenagh-side entrance to Moneygall where Obama is due to spend some time later this afternoon. (Thanks to the reader who sent this in.)
  • Toasting his forefathers

    In Ollie Hayes's pub in Moneygall, Co Offaly, the village his great-great-great grandfather hailed from. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • Going...

    In Hayes's bar in Moneygall, Co Offaly. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • ...Going...

    In Hayes's bar in Moneygall, Co Offaly. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • ...almost gone.

    In Hayes's bar in Moneygall, Co Offaly. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • Meeting the locals in Moneygall

    Barack and Michelle Obama took time out to meet the locals from his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney's native town of Monygall in Co Offaly. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • Meet-and-greet

    US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle greet well wishers in Moneygall, Co Offaly. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • The sun breaks through...

    The Obamas stayed out hugging and shaking hands on the streets of Moneygall, even as squally showers alternated with bursts of sunshine. (Pic: Maxwells)
  • Queueing for Obama's public address

    Huge queues have been forming in Dublin city centre ahead of Obama's public address this evening. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
  • In the words of Abraham Lincoln...

    Actor Daniel Day-Lewis welcomed the US President with a quote from Lincoln about democracy and slavery. (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire)
  • Obama takes to the stage

    Barak Obama addresses the crowd in Dublin as Taoseach Enda Kenny looks on. (Pic: Leon Farrell/Photocall)
  • High five!

    Obama greets the crowd gathered at College Green after making his speech. (Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images)
  • Hullooo Dublin!

    Barack waves to the crowds on a final walkabout at College Green. (Pic: Stephen Kilkenny)
  • Yes, this is Barack

    Obama speaks to the mother of a spectator by phone. (Pic: Stephen Kilkenny)
  • Rock on

    US President Barack Obama gestures to the crowd at College Green, Dublin as Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on (Pic: Stephen Kilkenny)
  • Dame Street carnage

    Rubbish and discarded items which were prohibited from the security zone around College Green. (Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall)

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