Updated: 03/11/16 : 06:50:16
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Sligo magician for White House trip with Obama's cousin

Barack Obama’s Irish cousin eight times removed, Henry Healy – better known as Henry The Eighth – is bound for the United States to witness the final moments of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s battle for the White House.

Henry will be accompanied on the trip by a group of friends, including Sligo magician Shane Gillen.

Greg O’Donoghue, from Ashbourne, Co Meath;  Kayman Power from Mullingar; and Dubliner Seán Early completes the entourage.

Speaking to The Irish Times en route to Dublin Airport yesterday, Healy said: “I organised the trip with a few friends – there are five of us going. I suggested we headed to Washington for the election

“I was able to organise through what contacts I’d left to get us a tour of the White House and Capitol Hill. I didn’t let Barack know we were coming. No, I didn’t text him,” he added.

“After Washington we’ll go back to New York on the night of the election, and we’ll be in the convention centre where Hillary Clinton will either give her victory speech or concession speech,” he said.

“Ideally I’m hoping for a Clinton victory. The Clintons are friends of Ireland, and obviously for the stability of world economics you’d hope that Hillary would get in. There is a fear factor surrounding Donald Trump, so hopefully it will be Hillary,” he went on.