A Clinton first for Cork

Former president Bill Clinton is set to make his first ever visit to Cork later this month to deliver a keynote speech at a planned investment conference attended by business leaders and philanthropists. The visit, expected to take place on June 22, according to the Cork Examiner, is being organized to coincide with the Worldwide Ireland Fund's annual conference in Castlemartyr. The speech, according to the report, is the biggest annual event in the fund's calendar.

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Meanwhile, the Ireland Fund's "Promising Ireland" campaign - aimed at raising $100 million for projects in Ireland and abroad - is 19 months ahead of target and 20 percent ahead of its fundraising goal.

Stated the Examiner report: This will be Mr. Clinton's third visit to Ireland in recent times. In addition to attending the Global Irish Economic Forum last year, he previously visited Derry and Dublin

The Cork trip, said the report, is being facilitated by former U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Irish government leaders are expected to attend the Cork event.