Obama drinks Guinness beer as he meets with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, which means one thing at the White House: it's time for a visit from the Irish prime minister.

The White House announced Wednesday that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will visit Washington March 17 to meet with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and, of course, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Biden will host Kenny at the Naval Observatory for a breakfast, and the Irish leader and Obama will meet in the Oval Office about "issues of mutual concern," the White House said. Obama will host a reception for Kenny that evening. There the two will participate in the annual Shamrock Ceremony, where the Irish prime minister -- or "Taoiseach" in Gaelic -- presents a Waterford crystal bowl filled with shamrocks to the president.

Three years ago, Obama did what oh so many people do on St. Patrick's Day: he went to an Irish bar.

Obama has long made reference to the fact that his great-great-great grandfather was Irish.

"My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way," the president said in Dublin in 2011.