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US Vice President, Mike Pence has declared “his wish” to visit Ireland later this year which is expected to include a trip to Clare.

Both the White House and the Department of Foreign Affairs have been in contact regarding the possibility of what would be Pence’s first official visit to Ireland with early September the anticipated time of his arrival.

No confirmation has been provided from the White House regarding the possibility of the former Indiana Governor travelling to Ireland this year. However, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs revealed, “The US Vice President has indicated his wish to visit Ireland this year”.

Doonbeg’s connection to US President Donald Trump has been well documented but his Vice President is the one with ancestry to the Long Village. On Thursday night, the VP tweeted, “On April 11, 1923 an Irish immigrant named Richard Michael Cawley stepped onto Ellis Island and began our family’s story in America. Because he had the courage and faith in America that is displayed in all of you, that’s how Michael Richard Pence became Vice President of the US”.

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Shannon, Cork and Dublin are the destinations the sixty year old is tipped to travel to as part of the reported visit.

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