The Day a US President Came to Town
The people of Moneygall will never forget 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 view the President’s ancestral home where the Kearney Family left from in 1850 and view the old school house where the shoemaker’s family were educated. 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.
The Barack Obama Plaza is a purpose built motorway service station located at Junction 23 on the M7 Dublin to Limerick motorway.
We opened our doors in 2014 and have a vast variety of food offerings which include a Supermac’s, Papa John’s Pizza, SuperSubs, Mac’s Place Deli and a Bewley’s Coffee Barista station.
The Obama Plaza also has a state of the art conference facility as well as The Barack Obama visitors centre which is hugely popular with visiting tourists.