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American Presidential visits to Ireland

A timeline of American Presidential visits to Ireland.

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26-29 June 1963

President John F. Kennedy

Visited Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Received by President Eamon de Valera and Taoiseach Seán Lemass.

Highlights included his Oireachtas address and a visit to his ancestral home in New Ross, Co Wexford.

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3 - 5 October 1970

President Richard Nixon

Visited Limerick, Laois and Dublin.

Received by Taoiseach, Jack Lynch.

Highlights included a visit to his ancestral home in Timahoe, Co Laois.

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1 - 4 June 1984

President Ronald Reagan

Visited Shannon, Galway, Tipperary and Dublin.

Received by President Patrick Hillery and Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

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1 -2 December 1995

President Bill Clinton

Received by President Mary Robinson and Taoiseach John Bruton.

He addressed a crowd of 80,000 in College Green, Dublin and attended a state dinner at Dublin Castle.

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3 - 5 September 1998

President Bill Clinton

Visited Dublin, Adare, Limerick and Kerry.

Met with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Highlights included several public addresses and golf in Ballybunion, Co Kerry.

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12 December 2000

President Bill Clinton

Visited Dublin and Dundalk.

Met by the President, Mary McAleese, and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

He delivered an historic keynote speech in Dundalk and visited the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

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24 - 25 June 2004

President George W. Bush

Attended the US/EU summit in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare.

Met with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

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23 May 2011

President Barack Obama

Visited Dublin and Offaly.

Met with President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Enjoyed a historic visit to his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

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5 - 6 June 2019

President Donald Trump

Arrived into Shannon Airport.

Met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Holidayed on the Wild Atlantic Way, staying a night at Trump Doonbeg Golf Resort in Co Clare.

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12 - 15 April 2023

President Joe Biden

Visited Dublin, Dundalk, Carlingford and Mayo.

Met with President Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

President Biden’s deep pride in his Irish heritage made this visit an historic homecoming.

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