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Belfast, Ireland – Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle and their daughters Malia (14) and Sasha (12) have touched down in Belfast this morning. The President is due to attend the G8 summit in Fermanagh, but his wife and daughters are to head south of the border this morning.

The President is due to attend the G8 summit in Fermanagh, but his wife and daughters are to head south of the border this morning.

Meanwhile, a mini army of Shelbourne Hotel staff were giving the front facade of the famous old building a final wipedown – as gardai and American Secret Service agents hovered in the background.

Nothing was being left to chance – it was all hands on deck for the arrival of yet another famous visitor. This time it’s Michelle Obama, the wife of US President Barack Obama.

She will be staying in the hotel – along with their daughters Malia (14) and Sasha (12) – while her husband discusses global affairs at the G8 summit about 160km up the road in deepest Fermanagh.

But yesterday afternoon both Shelbourne management and staff were staying strictly mum as the countdown to the arrival of its most famous guest in recent years got under way.

A number of gardai were strategically placed at the front and sides of the hotel.

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