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Originally published Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

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Obama, Irish PM to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

President Barack Obama is marking his fifth St. Patrick's Day in the White House with a schedule of Irish-themed events.

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WASHINGTON —

President Barack Obama is marking his fifth St. Patrick's Day in the White House with a schedule of Irish-themed events.

Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office before heading to the Capitol for an annual luncheon. Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors will perform.

Obama also meets with Peter Robinson, the leader of Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant government, and Robinson's deputy, Martin McGuinness, to discuss progress toward reconciliation.

The Obamas will host an evening reception where the president will receive a bowl of shamrocks from Kenny. It's a tradition started under President Harry Truman.

The events are taking place Tuesday because St. Patrick's Day fell on a Sunday this year.

Obama leaves Tuesday evening for a trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

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