US president Barack Obama took to the stage in Dublin today in front of a crowd of 25,000 claiming he was home.
“My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way,” he said.
The Stars and Stripes flew beside the Tricolour above the landmark headquarters of Bank of Ireland on College Green, where the president was met by huge cheers of “Obama, Obama” – the same spot where President Bill Clinton wooed onlookers in 1995.
The president addressed the crowds from behind a specially-constructed three-sided bullet-proof glass structure.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny introduced the president, saying: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that Ireland is a place where all things are possible ... today is your answer.”
Mr Kenny said: “Today the 44th American president comes home.”