President is met with music and dancers as he touches down at his Irish ...

President has been met with music and dancing as he touched down outside his Irish golf course where he will be staying for the next leg of his European trip.

Today he was forced to deny rumours that his stay in the Republic was in fact merely a marketing gimmick for the loss-making resort, after the White House initially tried to schedule his meeting with the Taoiseach at Doonbeg.

Today asked about Doonbeg he denied he was simply trying to tout his golf course, saying: 'This trip is really about great relationships that we have with the U.K. and I really wanted to do this stop in Ireland.

Marine One touches down outside the Trump International Golf Links And Hotel in Doonbeg

Marine One touches down outside the  International Golf Links And Hotel in Doonbeg

Mr Trump has owned the resort since 2014, in the tiny town of Doonbeg in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland

Mr has owned the resort since 2014, in the tiny town of Doonbeg in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland

'It was very important to me because of the relationship I have with the people and with your prime minister.'

Earlier today Mr met Leo Varadkar at Shannon airport. Their conversation touched on the Brexit Irish border issue - with Mr slipping into old habits and referring to a 'wall' instead of a border'.

This morning he took part in a multinational D-Day ceremony in Portsmouth and tomorrow will commute from Doonbeg to the commemoration in Normandy, France before returning to Ireland for another 24 hours of golf and relaxation. 

Mr has owned the International Golf Links And Hotel since 2014, in the tiny town of Doonbeg in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. 

This evening he was given a warm welcome to the rural Co Clare village - population 262 -  where locals waved American flags and some donned the Make America Great Again cap.

Shortly after the American president and his wife Melania touched down at the Doonbeg golf resort, the village erupted into a carnival of celebration with ceili music and Irish dancers taking over the main street.

The powerful military helicopter made for an unusual sight over the rural Irish countryside

The powerful military helicopter made for an unusual sight over the rural Irish countryside

A small group of locals came out to greet Mr Trump, who has created jobs in the village

A small group of locals came out to greet Mr , who has created jobs in the village

Mr is staying a short distance away in his five-star hotel where he landed in his Marine One shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Local residents arrived in their droves to the small village of Doonbeg to mark the visit.

A number of young men could be seen with the American flag draped over their shoulders while American and Irish flags were erected side by side on lampposts to ensure the president was made to feel welcome.

Paul Markham, who lives in nearby Kilmurry McMahon, is a huge supporter.

He enlisted the help of a few neighbours to make an American-inspired top hat, which he hopes will catch the attention of Mr if he visits the village.

Speaking in Doonbeg, he said: 'I think it's a great cead mile failte (Irish welcome) for him to Ireland

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