US First Lady urges youth to shape NIreland future

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 7:04 AM

DUBLIN (AP) — U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has urged the young people of Northern Ireland to take a fresh perspective to help solve the country's historic problems.

Delivering a speech in Belfast to around 2,000 schoolchildren, university students and graduates, she talked about how both she and Barack Obama overcame personal challenges and doubters — and urged her audience to aim high and make a change to their country's future.

Later Monday, Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, visited Trinity College in Dublin and were shown the Book of Kells, an intricate ninth-century gospel manuscript made by Irish monks.

They were also shown the birth registry of President Obama's Irish ancestors.

The Obamas are in Northern Ireland for a summit by the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations.

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