Barack Obama invited to a Gaelic game and a pint at G8

Obama Guinness Barack and Michelle Obama had a pint of Guinness when visiting Moneygall in the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

Eight of the world's most powerful leaders will meet next month in a Fermanagh hotel.

Away from prying eyes, the G8 will discuss the issues of the day.

But out of Cameron, Merkel, Putin, Obama, Hollande, Abe, Napolitano and Harper, it looks like Obama might be the most popular.

He's the only one invited to a pint and a GAA game, anyway.

Cavan man Dean Arrowsmith has invited the world leader to sample Gaelic football for himself.

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You may think this is a joke email...”

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The Ulster quarter-final takes place on Sunday 16 June at the 18,000-seater Brewster Park in Enniskillen.

Perhaps a bit of Obama's 'Yes We Can' spirit will be all the Cavan players need to help them beat Fermanagh.

It was after Cavan's 1-15 to 1-11 win over Armagh at the weekend that Mr Arrowsmith wrote his email to the White House.

"If you have time in your hectic schedule," it reads, "I would like to invite you to attend the game with myself and a few friends, I will even pay in to the game for you (it's only €15), and let you experience the national game of our country for the first time."

The 24-year-old, who used to promote Dundalk FC in the Airtricity League, told Obama he would "buy you a pint of Guinness and discuss the trials and tribulations of what occurred on the field."

Martin Dunne Cavan forward Martin Dunne was named man of the match at the weekend's game against Armagh.

He said: "I know you probably won't want to offend your native Offaly folk but we will also give you a Cavan jersey as a memento for the occasion."

On Obama's 2011 visit to Ireland, he had a pint of stout in his ancestral home town of Moneygall, Co. Offaly, where his great-great-great-grandfather once lived.

The pint was "delicious", the president said.

There has been no response from the White House just yet.

But Mr Arrowsmith says that if he knew his way around county stereotypes, he would hotfoot it to Brewster Park.

"Cavan people are known for being a little bit tight", he said. "So if a Cavan man offers to buy you a pint and a ticket, you take him up on it."

His email to the White House finished with: "You may think this is a joke email, but I assure you, we would love for you to come cheer on the Boys in Blue with us."

President Obama is not due to get to the UK until the day after the big game.

But there are still three weeks left until the G8 - still time for Cavan to win a new, high-profile fan, Mr Arrowsmith hopes.

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