Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama will shortly receive a letter from the Mayor of Kilkenny, inviting him to visit the city at some point during his four-year term of office.
Mr Obama visited Ireland last May, and it was thought that a trip to Kilkenny might be on the cards – but it did not transpire. His sixth generation great-granduncle, Bishop Joseph Kearney, is entombed in St Canice’s Cathedral, and a distant living relative, Jane de Montmorency-Wright, lives nearby in Bennetsbridge.
“The letter has already been written,” Mayor O’ hArgain told the Kilkenny People.
“I have written to congratulate him on his election victory and I have asked him to consider visiting Kilkenny. Hopefully he will get the opportunity to do so at some point over the next four years.”
Mayor O’ hArgain says he has been a big personal fan of the US President for some time now, having read his autobiography ‘Dreams of My Father’, in 2005.