Barack Obama won’t visit Croke Park

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Updated: May 5, 2011

US President Barack Obama will not get the chance to make a historic visit to Croke Park when he flies into Ireland.

Obama had been due to deliver a speech at the home of the GAA however this will now not occur after security concerns were raised. Obama will now only spend 24 hours in Ireland arriving aboard Air Force on Monday the 23rd May at 9.30am.

Obama will be greeted by Enda Kenny before going to Aras an Uachtaran to meet his Irish counterpart Mary McAleese at a formal reception.

Obama will then travel to Moneygall via helicopter, the home of his 6th great grandfather Fulmuth Kearney before returning to Dublin for a public event. This public event has initially been earmarked for Croke Park however given the time frame and security required an alternative venue will be sought. Obama will then overnight with U.S Ambassador Dan Rooney at his residence in the Phoenix Park before leaving for London around midday the following morning.

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