…. for old time’s sake
The President, the First Lady and their daughters depart for Belfast, Northern Ireland tomorrow (Sunday) at 9:20 PM.
They arrive in Belfast on Monday morning.
The First Lady will introduce the President at an event at the Waterfront Convention Centre in Belfast where he will deliver remarks.
While the President then travels to Lough Erne for the G8 Summit, the First Lady and her daughters will leave for Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
The President’s Northern Ireland schedule:
Monday: Arrives Belfast. Delivers remarks at the Waterfront Convention Centre in the city when he will address his support for the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Meets Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G8 Summit. Later, he attends the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne.
On Monday evening, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
Tuesday: In the evening, following the G-8, the President and the First Family will travel to Berlin, Germany.
The First Lady and her daughters will visit Trinity College shortly after their arrival in Dublin Monday, lunchtime (local time)…..
(…. remember one of our fave pics from the President’s speech in Dublin? That’s Trinity College behind the very very excited young women)…..
(Trinity’s graduates include Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, among many other famous folk)
The First Lady and her daughters will view the world-famous Book of Kells:
Later in the day, the First Lady will meet the staff and families of the US Embassy in Dublin and attend a special performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre….
….oh, go on then:
….. where teenagers and children from a number of youth groups and schools will be invited to join the First Lady and her daughters.
Following an overnight stay in the Shelbourne Hotel ….. (LL? Deep breath: the Shelbourne is mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses)…..
….. they will go walking in the Wicklow Hills on Tuesday morning…..
…. this might be weather dependent – it is, after all, summer in Ireland:
….. and will visit the very lovely local lakes and Glendalough….
…… Glendalough is famous for its Early Medieval monastic settlement which was founded in the 6th century, around the time the GOP formulated its policy on women….
The First Lady and her daughters will then rejoin President Obama for their visit to Germany.
And in Germany:
Wednesday: The President will have a meeting with President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel to discuss a wide range of bilateral and global issues.
Later that afternoon, at the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, President Obama will speak at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
On Wednesday evening, the President and the First Family will return to Washington.