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U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Washington...U.S. President Barack Obama (L) receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) during a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)...A

U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Washington...U.S. President Barack Obama (L) receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) during a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)...A

U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Washington...U.S. President Barack Obama (L) receives a bowl of shamrock from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) during a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)...A

POTTERY fit for a President. Kylemore pottery is just one of the gifts that Barack Obama will receive from Ireland on St Patrick's Day.

MARY Staunton, from Kylemore, Co Galway has spent over 35 years handcrafting Irish pottery.

But the highlight of her career came this week when her work was chosen to be presented to the Obamas by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

"It's so exciting, I'm absolutely thrilled. I had heard some rumours but I only officially heard about it this week, it's just wonderful," she said.

Hamper

The hamper, which will include six mugs, a milk jug and sugar bowl, all handcrafted and carrying the famous fuschia design of the Kylemore pottery, will be presented by Enda when he visits the White House this St Patrick's Day.

While Ms Staunton has made thousands of pieces that have sold around the world, she admits the newest owner of the pieces is by far the most exciting.

"It's just amazing to think that it will be on Michelle Obama's table. I really couldn't believe it when I heard. I'm hoping that sales will skyrocket as a result," she said.

Meanwhile, the greening of Dublin for the weekend got under way last night with a projection onto the facade of Trinity College Dublin.

The display consisted of doodles sketched by people from around the world as part of Tourism Ireland's Greening Season initiative.

Almost every major landmark in the city, from Dublin Castle to the Four Courts, Dublin Airport and the Guinness Storehouse will participate.

The designs were the winning entries.

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