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Barack Obama in Ireland: Ashford Castle Creates Special Presidential Package
May 23, 2011By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ashford CastleIreland's hit the headlines recently as Queen Elizabeth paid an official state visit to the Emerald Isle (the first one in a century by a British monarch) and President Barack Obama arrived today in Ireland to kick off a six-day trip to Europe. In their honor, Ashford Castle-- the impressive estate in County Mayo that was once the home of the Guinness family-- has created two unique packages complete with helicopter rides, a stay in the Presidential suite, and falconry lessons. Celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, Ashford Castle has hosted numerous world leaders and political figures. The Royal Package, priced at €1025 per person includes:

* First-class train from Dublin to Claremorris

* Limousine transfer from Claremorris to Ashford Castle

* Two nights' accommodation in the Royal Suite

* Clay shooting and falconry lessons for two

* Historical walk on the grounds with local historian Mick Maye

* Dinner on both nights at George V Dining Room

The Presidential Package, priced at €2175 per person, includes:

* Helicopter transfer from anywhere in Ireland to the Ashford Castle helipad

* Two nights' accommodation in the Presidential Suite

* Private dinner in room 224, replicating the scene and the menu of President Ronald Reagan's visit * Dinnertime entertainment by resident harpist Annette Griffin

* Guided walk with local historian Mick Maye along the same route taken by President Ronald Reagan


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