Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Mark Duffy has shared on his social media a letter from US President Joe Biden.
President Biden's historic visit to Ballina last month has been the highlight of the Ballina 2023 300 year celebrations.
The letter reads:
"It was great to meet you during my trip to County Mayo, and thank you for the warm welcome you showed me and my team in Ballina.
"From giving remarks before my speech at St Muradech's Cathedral to inviting members of my staff to Easter Mass, I deeply appreciate your kindness and hospitality. And thank you for all that you have done as Mayor to help deepen the partnership and strengthen the friendship between the Irish and American people.
"As I said during my speech, coming to Ireland felt like coming home - and that's thanks in large part to leaders like you. Please give my best to Sarah. And as always, Mayo for Sam!"
The US President signed the letter at the end with an official White House Washington stamp at the top, dated May 5 2023.
(photo credit to @WhiteHouse)