The first family's European vacation

The first family’s European vacation

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White House (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s family will start their summer vacation with a trip to Europe, joining him as he travels to the United Kingdom and Germany next week, the White House announced on Friday.

First lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Malia and Sasha will start their three-day tour by attending the president’s speech to local students in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.

They will then travel to Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland, while the president attends the G8 summit in the secluded Lough Erne, in the southern part of Northern Ireland. While in Dublin, Mrs. Obama and her daughters will tour Trinity College where they will look at the documentation of the president’s Irish ancestry. The first lady accompanied her husband in 2011 for his visit to his ancestral hometown of Moneygall.

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First family to join Obama in Northern Ireland, Germany

By Emily Goodin 06/14/13 03:33 PM ET

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will join President Obama’s overseas trips next week, the White House said on Friday.

The president will be attending the G8 meeting in Lough Erne, a resort in Northern Ireland, on June 17 and 18. Before the meeting, however, he will make a stop in Belfast to address students.

Michelle, Sasha and Malia will attend that speech, and then head to Dublin to tour Trinity College, which is Ireland’s oldest university in the capital city. The first lady also will meet with embassy staff and join Irish youth for a Riverdance performance at the Gaiety Theatre, where she’ll be joined by Fionnuala O’Kelly, the wife of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Sabina Higgins, the wife of the Irish President Michael Higgins.

“They were invited to visit the last time that the president was in Ireland, and this will be an opportunity for the first lady and the girls to accept that hospitality,” said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes at a briefing on Friday.

The first lady, Sasha and Malia will also be in Berlin for the president’s visit there. The first lady will visit the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe in Mauerpark on June 19, where she will tour the wall park with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband, Joachim Sauer. She also will visit the Reichstag before joining President Obama for the official dinner hosted by the chancellor.