President Barack Obama
The Moneygall Connection - The Day a US President Came to Town
The people of Moneygall will never forget May 23rd 2011 the day the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama visited their village – his Irish ancestral home. President Obama’s late mother Ann Dunham was a descendant of the Kearney family who left Moneygall after the Famine to build a new life in New York in 1850. Maybe you fancy a visit to Ollie Hayes’ Bar in the Main Street like Mr President did, or simply enjoy a walk or a cycle around the Moneygall Kearney Loops and enjoy the scenery overlooking this now famous village.
You can also call into the nearby Barack Obama Plaza Visitor Centre to see an exciting exhibition that tells the story of how an Irish emigrant, Falmouth Kearney departed a small village in Co Offaly in 1851 in search of a better life and became the 3rd Great Grandfather to US President Barack Obama.