MONEYGALL is the Irish village that captured the hearts of US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
In May 2007, Barack Obama and Moneygall were underdogs in Ireland.
Mr Obama was a barely known African-American senator and Moneygall was a dot on the map along the main road to Limerick.
Four years later, Mr Obama is the most powerful man in the world and the tiny Irish village of 'M
Canon Stephen Neill, published in Irish Roots Magazine, July 2008
At the outset I need to make it clear that I am not a professional genealogist. My involvement in the discovery of Barack Obama’s Irish heritage has as much to do with serendipity, as it has to do with my skills as a researcher. It has however been very flattering to be described in various media as a ‘genealogical expert’ although entirely undeserved.
It all started before Easter in 2007
A SECOND County Offaly village has a parish register with over forty records of US President Barack Obama’s Irish ancestors.
Moneygall came under the spotlight because Fulmouth Kearney is the youngest of Barack Obama’s ancestors to leave Ireland for the States.
However, in the nearby parish of Shinrone, there are intriguing details about Mr Obama’s seventh great-grandfather Joseph Kearne
The poems below were written by children from Máire Kirwan’s second, third and fourth class in Moneygall NS.
Obama comes to Moneygall
Obama is coming to Moneygall,
Be prepared for his call,
And everyone will have lots of fun,
Making lots of new buildings for everyone,
America is the country he rules.
- Ava Finlay
Barack’s Day in Ireland
Obama is coming in
Powerful son comes home
HE may be the most powerful man in the world but he is right at home in Moneygall where he lifts babies and kisses grannies.
The people of the small Irish village where Barack Obama's third-great grandfather was reared have no airs or graces -- and the US president and first lady fit right in.
Fr Joe Kennedy and his 1,700 parishioners prayed for a dry day but rain t
US President Barack Obama reached out to everyone who wanted to shake his hand and talk to him during his visit to his ancestral Irish home.
‘Is Féidir Linn – A golden ticket to Moneygall’ captures the build-up, the event and the aftermath.