Obama to visit Ireland in the near future

It was confirmed by US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley

Obama to visit Ireland in the near future

File photo of President Barack Obama. | Image: Markus Schreiber AP/Press Association Images

In an interview today US Ambassador Kevin O'Malley confirmed Barack Obama has told him to "tell the Irish people he will be back".

While no date has been set - it's understood the visit will be in the near future.

He is expected to play a few rounds of golf on his trip to the Emerald Isle.

"The last sentence that the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was 'please tell 'em I’m coming'...so I think that's the President's way of saying informally that you’ll probably see him again."

"My guess is in the coming year or so".

Mr Obama will officially step down later this month, to be replaced by Donald Trump.

Speaking about Mr Obama's return to Ireland, his eighth cousin Henry Healy said that he would be more than welcome to play a round of golf in Co Offaly.

"I'm sure there will be plenty of invitations coming in from various golf courses," said Healy, "and I'm sure Shane Lowry will have no problem in taking the president on any tour of any golf club around the county."