Michelle Obama steals the Irish limelight

Irish eyes have been smiling on First Lady Michelle Obama, who has landed with her husband in Ireland for an official visit.

As she posed for pictures and shook hands with the welcoming party, the limelight definitely fell on Michelle - who dazzled in a monochrome pencil dress with a chic black jacket and a rather funky emerald-embellished belt.

After arriving in Dublin, the couple met Irish President Mary McAleese, and will later visit the village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, which was the home of his great-great-great grandfather on his mother's side, Falmouth Kearney.

A huge security operation has been put in place around the village.

Moneygall, which only has 300 residents, has covered its main street in stars and stripes and prepared a warm welcome for President Obama in the village pub.

Back in Dublin, President Obama will deliver an open-air speech on College Green.

Barack will fly to London on Tuesday for a three-day state visit, where he and his wife will stay at Buckingham Palace as guests of the Queen.

Obama will hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street with the Nato operation in Libya expected to be high on the agenda.

He will also address both houses of the UK parliament at Westminster Hall, which is something that is usually reserved for British monarchs.

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