Michelle Obama Enjoys 'Riverdance' While President Attends G8 Summit

Category: Media & Culture / Jun 17, 2013 6:14PM EDT

Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha attended the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin on Monday, June 17 for a special performance of Riverdance.

They were accompanied by Sabina Higgins - wife of the Irish President Michael Higgins, Fionnuala Kenny - wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and a group of Irish teenagers, including some from Moneygall, where Mr Obama's ancestors lived.

"My husband, you know the guy, President Obama and I visited the city as well as the lovely village of Moneygall where my husband's ancestors come from and again... yay to our students who are here. I got to see them backstage. Everywhere we went we were welcomed with huge smiles and open arms and lots of rain, which we handled. And when we left we knew that our girls had to experience all of the warmth and beauty of this place for themselves," Mrs. Obama told the cheering audience, in remarks she made before the performance.

She also revealed she and her daughters had never seen Riverdance live.

"And now we couldn't be more thrilled to see a live performance of Riverdance. We have never seen Riverdance live. This is our first time. How many people here, it's their first time seeing it live? So very cool, right? Very cool. This show has been performed more than 10,000 times. It's been seen by more than 23 million people in 45 countries on six different continents. And with all the singing, dancing and energy - it's such a perfect representation of Ireland itself," she said.

On Tuesday (June 18) the three Obama women will travel to Glendalough in Country Wicklow before departing for Berlin to accompany Barack Obama.


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