The following was written by Sean Murphy of the Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies:
Much has been made – some will say too much – of US President Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry. After all, he is completely African on his father’s side and mostly English on his mother’s side. Yet in there among his maternal ancestors is that little bit of Irish, the Kearneys of Moneygall, Co Offaly, which entitles him to be called one of our own. The Queen is different, as there will be more reserve both on our part and on hers, and her visit is perceived primarily as a dutiful contribution towards normalising relationships between two nations with an unfortunate history of mutual hostility and sense of grievance.