UPDATE 2: POTUS played hoops on St. Pat's
UPDATE 1: POTUS's Irish cousin Henry Healy will visit
President O'bama will revel in his maternal Irish roots all day on Tuesday, March 19 when he belatedly celebrates St. Patrick's Day at the White House. As is tradition, he will welcome Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland to 1600 Penn, the White House announced today. (Above, with Kenny in the Oval in 2012)
The President and Taoiseach will have an Oval Office bilateral in the morning before attending the traditional St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the U.S. Capitol. In the evening, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will host their annual St. Pat's reception at the White House.
"During the reception, the President and Kenny will participate in the annual Shamrock ceremony started under President Truman," the White House said. The tradition includes the presentation of shamrock in a crystal bowl. The occasion will be President Obama's fifth St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House.
The President will also greet First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland at the White House on March 19 to "discuss their progress toward meeting their shared commitment to a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Northern Ireland," the White House said.
"The United States and Ireland share a strong bilateral partnership, enduring people-to-people ties, and a commitment to advancing peace, security and prosperity in the world," the White House said.
President Obama isn't the only proud Irishman in the White House: Vice President Joe Biden is also thrilled with his Irish heritage, and has typically hosted a breakfast in the morning when Irish dignitaries visit for St. Patrick's Day.
On Election Night in 2012, Healy celebrated his cousin's big win in Ireland, raising a pint with expats in Dublin at the US Embassy's party.
*Photos by Pete Souza/White House