Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Obama Gives Irish Reason to Believe; Inspirational Address by US President

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Obama Gives Irish Reason to Believe; Inspirational Address by US President

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Byline: Ed Carty; Sarah Stack

BARACK Obama told Ireland he was home last night in an electrifying open-air address topped off with his world-famous motto.

The College Green speech in Dublin in front of 25,000 people was rounded off with the US president's campaign rallying cry translated into Irish: "Is feidir linn... yes, we can."

After seeing his ancestral roots first-hand, President Obama arrived in the capital with an inspirational message for Irish people to believe.

"Never has a nation so small inspired so much in another," the president said.

"This little country that inspired the biggest things, your best days are still ahead.

"All the dreams and triumphs in America and Ireland alike are still to come and Ireland, if anyone ever says otherwise, if anybody ever tells you your problems are too big, your challenges are too great, that we can't do something, that we shouldn't even try... think about all that we've done together.

"Remember that whatever hardships that winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner.

"And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with the simple creed "Is feidir linn - yes, we can. For all you have contributed to the character of the United States of America and the spirit of the world.

"And may God bless the eternal friendship between our two nations."

In a 10-hour whistlestop tour, Mr Obama toasted his homecoming in the midlands village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, with a pint of Guinness beside distant cousins. He posed for photographs with his wife Michelle, stayed an hour longer than had been expected greeting well-wishers, and led the way in the bar-room banter, offering to pay for pints and praising the bar staff and Guinness.

"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. …

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