Washington:  US President Barack Obama will soon visit a small city in Ireland from where his ancestors came, White House official confirmed ahead of Obama's week-long trip to Europe next week.

Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor said, “The President will travel to Moneygall, Ireland, which is the town in Ireland from which the President's ancestors came. So this is a homecoming of sorts for President Obama.”

"He's very excited to see this small town in Ireland from which he has roots,” Ben Rhodes said.

He also added that the person researching Obama's family history was able to trace his mother's side back to Moneygall.

"I believe we can confirm it is his great-great-great grandfather," Rhodes added.

"Moneygall is a town of under 300 people in Ireland. I've seen reports about the bloodlines that extend across the town and people who may be related to the President. So it’s certainly quite likely that in a town of that size that is sodeeply rooted in that part of Ireland that there are people who share those ties," he said.

Meanwhile, a daily news paper reprted that Obama's visit to this village of 300 people next week may be the most anticipated in this corner of Ireland apart from the Second Coming.

(Agencies)