Obama to visit Irish city from where his ancestors came

"The President will travel to Moneygall, Ireland, which is the town in Ireland from which the President's ancestors came. So this is a homecoming of sorts for President Obama," Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor, told reporters ahead of Obama's week-long trip to Europe next week.

"He's very excited to see this small town in Ireland from which he has roots, and we're very much looking forward to seeing some of the people of Moneygall and making a stop there," he said.

Rhodes said that the person researching Obama's family history was able to trace his mother's side back to Moneygall. "I believe we can confirm it is his great-great-great grandfather," Rhodes added.

"Moneygall is a town of under 300 people in Ireland. I've seen reports about the bloodlines that extend across the town and people who may be related to the President. So it’s certainly quite likely that in a town of that size that is so deeply rooted in that part of Ireland that there are people who share those ties," he said.

"I couldn't say with certainty the nature of those relations, but we certainly expect it to be a robust topic of discussion with the residents of Moneygall when the President is able to stop by and pay a visit," Rhodes said.

Meanwhile, CBS news said Obama's visit to this village of 300 people next week may be the most anticipated in this corner of Ireland apart from the Second Coming.

"Posters around town detail his connection to the place - how is great, great, great grandfather on his mother's side left for America in 1850," it said.

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