US presidents and Ireland – level 1

17-04-2023 07:00

US President Joe Biden arrives in Belfast on Tuesday evening to see the island of Ireland.

He is here to remember a big agreement 25 years ago. The agreement helps stop the fighting in Northern Ireland. Biden is Irish Catholic. He visits his family’s old homes in Louth and Mayo for four days.

Many US presidents have Irish families. The most famous Irish-American president is John F. Kennedy. He is the first US Catholic president. He visits Ireland in 1963. Eamon de Valera is the president of Ireland at that time. He is a symbol of Catholic Irishness and freedom. Barack Obama visits Ireland in May 2011. He goes to Offaly where his great-great-grandfather comes from before he goes to America. Two years later, Obama visits Belfast. People there like him a lot.

Difficult words: agreement (a deal), symbol (a person or thing which represents something), freedom (when a country or a person is free to say or do anything).

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