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Donald & Melania Trump prepare to leave ‘beautiful’ Ireland

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*Melania & Donald Trump. Photograph: Julian Behal

Donald and Melania Trump will leave Co Clare today following the conclusion of their three day hybrid visit to Doonbeg.

They spent the past two nights at the family’s hotel and golf course in West Clare with the forty fifth President of the United States opting against visiting the village of Doonbeg which two of sons, Eric and Donald Jr did to great fanfare on Wednesday night.

After returning from the D-Day Commemorations in France, Donald played a round of golf on Thursday evening. He also took to the golf course on Friday morning for a four-ball, where local primary school children met the President at the tenth tee box.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Chief of Staff hosted a dinner at the resort on Thursday night where issues raised to Mulvaney included the danger of a return to a hard border, access to J1 visas, undocumented Irish in America. For the meal, guests were served fish and chips, burgers, sirloin steak and sea bass. Cocktails such as pina coladas were also offered to those in attendance.

Melania Trump has described Ireland as “a beautiful place”. The first lady paid tribute to Shannon Heritage and the participants in a cultural event who provided entertainment for her while her husband and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar engaged in a bi-lateral meeting at Shannon Airport on Wednesday. “Ireland is a beautiful place and I enjoyed the opportunity to experience these unique Irish traditions.”

They are due to depart from Shannon Airport at approximately 14:30 today (Friday).

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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