Postcards from Moneygall, Ancestral Home of Barack Obama

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and his wife Michelle,  visited the village of Moneygall, Co. Offaly on a wild, windy day, 23 May 2011, retracing the steps of a relative from 6 generations before him, Fulmouth Kearney, a maternal g.g.g.grandfather, who left this tiny village in 1850 and  headed to U.S.A. Fulmouth Kearney’s father was a shoemaker in the area.  The small house is on the site where his relatives once lived. The President and Mrs  Obama sipped Guinness in Ollie Hayes Pub. I just love the image on the wall by the door of the pub (it’s not really George Bush standing there !)

Moneygall is a pretty little village carefully looked after by the residents – every house had window boxes and flowers in full bloom when I passed through  on Sunday on  my last stop for ‘Heritage Week. A few short years ago, thousands of vehicles passed through this  little village every day as it is situated on the busy main Limerick to Dublin road.  The village is now bypassed,allowing the villagers to reclaim their special place. Here you can stop and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up on the link with Barack Obama.  Papillion, the winner of the Aintree Grand National in 2000, was bred in this area, and was the most famous Moneygall personality before Barack Obama!

When Obama addressed the crowds in Dublin earlier in the visit,he used the Irish translation from his famous ‘Yes, we can! , which translates to ‘Is feidir linn’.  This can be seen on the  flower tubs in the village.   Well done, Moneygall!  Is feidir linn!


Filed under Ancestry, Emigration from Ireland, Family History, Genealogy, Irish American, Irish Diaspora, Irish Heritage, Irish History, Irish_American

6 responses to “Postcards from Moneygall, Ancestral Home of Barack Obama

  1. What a pretty village, great to see all the planters and window boxes. Love the idea of ‘postcards’ from Moneygall.

    • I am delighted that Moneygall has been able to reclaim itself after all the traffic stopped shaking the place! I think every single house was bedecked in flowers- a great community effort. I hope to do a series of ‘ Postcards from…’ on the blog. Glad you liked 🙂

  2. A lovely idea to do postcards from….! Moneygall looks so pretty in its flowers.

  3. Nice postcards SV and another chunk of Irish knowledge. The town clearly hasn’t suffered through being bypassed, quite the opposit.

    A pity no-one proofread the lovely commemorative plaque before they stuck it up 🙂

    • Yes, it is a pity! Perhaps as it was donated it was felt that it could not be commented upon. Hopefully the Irish translation is 100% correct! In a town in Ireland there is a bronze bust of a famous son,based unfortunately on a photograph of another person entirely! Thanks for dropping by!

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