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Nativos de Moneygall conmemoran la visita de Obama con comida y bebida

Para celebrar la visita del presidente Obama a su ancestral pueblo irlandés, Moneygall, la gente del pueblo ha preparado una variedad de productos alimenticios para conmemorar la ocasión. Este es supuestamente el primer viaje de Obama a Irlanda desde que descubrió en 2007 que su tatarabuelo materno es del pequeño pueblo del condado de Offal. Obama se dirigirá a los residentes de Moneygall con un discurso esta tarde. Desde chocolates hasta pan, los lugareños parecen estar canalizando el adagio de que el camino al corazón de un hombre es a través de su estómago.

Pan de Obama: Fabricado en Soul Bakery en Dublín, este pan irlandés tradicional se puede comprar en la oficina de correos y la tienda de comestibles de Moneygall, Bergin's.

Brack de Barack: La empresa nacional de pan, Pat the Baker, ha lanzado un barmbrack de edición limitada en honor al presidente Obama. El clásico pastel de té irlandés incluye una mezcla especial de frutos secos.

Obama Moneygall Chocolate: Además de la multitud de recuerdos centrados en Obama que se venden en Bergin's, hay barras de chocolate con envoltorios que marcan el evento.

Guinness en el pub de Ollie Hayes: Se han difundido rumores de que, a su llegada, los Obama visitarán uno de los dos pubs de Moneygall, Ollie Hayes ''. El Servicio Secreto proporcionará la Guinness del presidente Obama por motivos de seguridad.

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Moneygall se prepara para la visita de Obama

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Barack Obama ya ha manifestado su deseo de venir a ver su hogar ancestral en Moneygall, Co Offaly, (población 299) y su notable triunfo presidencial en Estados Unidos envió a los jubilosos habitantes locales en picada.

Los hombres, mujeres y niños de esta polvorienta calle principal, en la calle principal Dublin-Limerick Road, donde se están realizando importantes obras viales, no esperaron hasta que llegó la confirmación oficial desde el otro lado del Atlántico para empezar a abrir las botellas. y pedir pintas de Guinness.

Mientras que los seguidores en Chicago, que eran transmitidos al Ollie’s Pub en los canales de noticias por satélite, mostraban caras doloridas de ansiedad, sus primos irlandeses ya estaban organizando una fiesta como ninguna otra.

Incluso el rector de la Iglesia de Irlanda, el canónigo Stephen Neill, de 39 años, estaba luchando por un espacio en la pequeña pista de baile en la parte trasera del bar, una de las dos únicas en Moneygall, mucho antes de que John McCain admitiera la derrota.

¿Había recibido un soplo del hombre de arriba? "No, no, solo estoy en ventas", insistió.

Golpeando las tablas del suelo junto a él estaban The Obama Set Dancers.

Las ocho mujeres que se reúnen todas las semanas en un salón cercano para practicar sus pasos tradicionales cambiaron su nombre a principios de este año en honor al hijo recién adoptado de la aldea.

Canon Neill, de la iglesia Templeharry de 200 años de antigüedad, en el pueblo vecino de Cloughjordan, fue en parte responsable de este brote de locura.

Fue él quien desenterró los registros polvorientos almacenados en la casa de un feligrés anciano que unía firmemente al primer presidente negro de Estados Unidos con Moneygall.

"Es eléctrico, es difícil haber imaginado que esto subiría un poco, pero lo ha hecho", dijo.

“Ahora solo esperamos con ansias la próxima etapa del viaje, que será una visita del presidente Obama, con suerte, durante el próximo año.

"Es difícil imaginar que un pequeño pueblo tranquilo en la carretera principal de Dublín a Limerick, que pronto será eludido, reciba la visita del ciudadano más importante del mundo; es muy difícil expresarlo con palabras".

No había señales de una crisis crediticia en Ollie's Pub ni ninguna evidencia fuera de la pesimismo económico que ha invadido el resto del país, ya que se trata de aceptar el grito agonizante del otrora poderoso Tigre Celta de la República.

Se habló de optimismo, nuevos planes, quizás un centro de herencia en el campo donde creció el tercer bisabuelo del senador Obama llamado Fulmuth Kearney. También había esperanzas de cambio.

“Esto nos da el estímulo que necesitamos, particularmente en un momento en que la gente está bastante deprimida por la economía. Esto nos da una pequeña patada en la parte trasera para motivarnos y movernos ", dijo Canon O'Neill.

Los presidentes de Estados Unidos han estado en Irlanda antes. John F Kennedy fue el primero en 1963. Ronald Regan en 1984 Bill Clinton, quien desempeñó un papel fundamental en el proceso de paz de Irlanda del Norte, en 1995, 1998 y 2000 y George W Bush en 2004.

Pero es la llegada anticipada de Barack Obama en algún momento en el futuro lo que realmente ha capturado la imaginación de este pueblo cuyos antepasados ​​se fueron a Estados Unidos en la década de 1850. No queda nada de la granja de Fulmuth Kearney ni de la campiña circundante, que ahora cuenta con sitios de viviendas conocidos como Kearney’s Gardens.

Eugene Ryan, de 56 años, director de la escuela St Joseph's, nació y se crió en el pueblo y enseña justo enfrente de donde creció.

“Cuando John F Kennedy llegó a Irlanda en 1963, yo todavía estaba en la escuela, lo recuerdo”, dijo.

“Sus conexiones irlandesas fueron bien publicitadas en ese momento. Todos pensamos que era un santo andante.

"Obama ciertamente tiene una gran similitud: es un hombre joven, con nuevas ideas y tiene conexiones irlandesas, y gracias a Dios, son conexiones de Moneygall".

Lo más cerca que ha estado el pueblo de estas escenas de júbilo fue por las raras y apreciadas victorias del equipo de hurling gaélico que juega en rojo y negro. Ganaron un título junior del condado el fin de semana pasado.

"No somos una gran parroquia, así que cada victoria se celebra bien", dijo Ryan, muchos de cuyos alumnos también se habían reunido en el pub para la fiesta.

“Pero esta es una celebración más grande. La victoria del domingo fue una victoria parroquial y tuvimos grandes celebraciones aquí, pero los nombres y rostros de las personas para esta celebración han venido de todas partes.

"La victoria de Obama pone a Moneygall en el mapa, en el mapa mundial".

La evidencia de eso se encontró con una estadounidense, Kathleen Collins, de 46 años, miembro del Partido Republicano registrado de Filadelfia que ahora vive en Irlanda, quien viajó a Moneygall para obtener los resultados.

Ella había cambiado su lealtad al bando del senador Obama y quería presagiar su éxito en su hogar ancestral.

"Creo que es hora de cambiar", dijo, haciéndose eco del mantra ganador del próximo presidente.

“Es un gran día en la historia de Estados Unidos. Estados Unidos es un país diverso y podemos demostrarlo ahora si tenemos un presidente afroamericano ".

Marian Ryan, de 40 años, ama de casa que ha vivido en Moneygall durante 12 años y una de las bailarinas de Obama Set, ha encontrado más pruebas de la nueva fama de la aldea.

“Ayer estaba hablando por teléfono con un médico de Kilkenny y cuando le dije que estaba en Moneygall, él sabía que la gente de Barack Obama venía de aquí”, dijo.

“Esto va a pasar a la historia y todos formamos parte de eso. Por primera vez me siento parte de los libros de historia ".

"Es hermoso, muy atractivo", dijo Anne Maher, bailarina de escenario y trabajadora escolar con necesidades especiales de unos 40 años que ha vivido en el pueblo toda su vida.

“Todo sobre él, creo que atrae a todos, jóvenes y mayores. Obama es parte de la localidad ahora básicamente. Creemos que todos estamos relacionados con él. Ojalá lo estuviéramos ".

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, también de Co Offaly, se apresuró a invitar oficialmente al senador Obama a Moneygall para felicitarlo después del resultado oficial. Pero tal vez haya un hombre que lo esté esperando más que ningún otro en el pueblo.

Henry Healy (24), quien lleva las cuentas de un plomero local y que ha rastreado su propio árbol genealógico hasta la dinastía Kearney-Obama, es la fuerza impulsora reconocida de una campaña que promueve la famosa conexión.

Mientras camina por el pueblo, los vecinos tocan las bocinas de los autos y lo saludan, mientras habla con los visitantes sobre esta herencia recientemente descubierta.

“Es fantástico que nuestra pequeña aldea en el sur de Offaly esté asociada con el hombre más poderoso del mundo”, dijo.

“Tendrías que volver a JFK para algo como esto. JFK tenía el carisma, la imagen, era joven, tenía todo a su favor, incluso las raíces irlandesas, al igual que Barack Obama.

“Ha puesto a Moneygall en el mapa. Ha puesto a Offaly en el mapa. Y también estamos muy orgullosos de ello ".


Moneygall se prepara para la visita de Obama

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Barack Obama ya ha manifestado su deseo de venir a ver su hogar ancestral en Moneygall, Co Offaly, (población 299) y su notable triunfo presidencial en Estados Unidos envió a los jubilosos habitantes locales en picada.

Los hombres, mujeres y niños de esta polvorienta calle principal, en la calle principal Dublin-Limerick Road, donde se están realizando importantes obras viales, no esperaron hasta que llegó la confirmación oficial desde el otro lado del Atlántico para empezar a abrir las botellas. y pedir pintas de Guinness.

Mientras que los seguidores en Chicago, que eran transmitidos al Ollie’s Pub en los canales de noticias por satélite, mostraban caras doloridas de ansiedad, sus primos irlandeses ya estaban organizando una fiesta como ninguna otra.

Incluso el rector de la Iglesia de Irlanda, el canónigo Stephen Neill, de 39 años, estaba luchando por un espacio en la pequeña pista de baile en la parte trasera del bar, una de las dos únicas en Moneygall, mucho antes de que John McCain admitiera la derrota.

¿Había recibido un soplo del hombre de arriba? "No, no, solo estoy en ventas", insistió.

Golpeando las tablas del suelo junto a él estaban The Obama Set Dancers.

Las ocho mujeres que se reúnen todas las semanas en un salón cercano para practicar sus pasos tradicionales cambiaron su nombre a principios de este año en honor al hijo recién adoptado de la aldea.

Canon Neill, de la iglesia Templeharry de 200 años de antigüedad, en el pueblo vecino de Cloughjordan, fue en parte responsable de este brote de locura.

Fue él quien desenterró los registros polvorientos almacenados en la casa de un feligrés anciano que unía firmemente al primer presidente negro de Estados Unidos con Moneygall.

"Es eléctrico, es difícil haber imaginado que esto subiría un poco, pero lo ha hecho", dijo.

“Ahora solo esperamos con ansias la próxima etapa del viaje, que será una visita del presidente Obama, con suerte, durante el próximo año.

"Es difícil imaginar que un pequeño pueblo tranquilo en la carretera principal de Dublín a Limerick, que pronto será eludido, reciba la visita del ciudadano más importante del mundo; es muy difícil expresarlo con palabras".

No había señales de una crisis crediticia en Ollie's Pub ni ninguna evidencia fuera de la pesimismo económico que ha invadido el resto del país, ya que se trata de aceptar el grito agonizante del otrora poderoso Tigre Celta de la República.

Se habló de optimismo, nuevos planes, quizás un centro de herencia en el campo donde creció el tercer bisabuelo del senador Obama llamado Fulmuth Kearney. También había esperanzas de cambio.

“Esto nos da el estímulo que necesitamos, particularmente en un momento en que la gente está bastante deprimida por la economía. Esto nos da una pequeña patada en la parte trasera para motivarnos y movernos ", dijo Canon O'Neill.

Los presidentes de Estados Unidos han estado en Irlanda antes. John F Kennedy fue el primero en 1963. Ronald Regan en 1984 Bill Clinton, quien desempeñó un papel fundamental en el proceso de paz de Irlanda del Norte, en 1995, 1998 y 2000 y George W Bush en 2004.

Pero es la llegada anticipada de Barack Obama en algún momento en el futuro lo que realmente ha capturado la imaginación de este pueblo cuyos antepasados ​​se fueron a Estados Unidos en la década de 1850. No queda nada de la granja de Fulmuth Kearney ni de la campiña circundante, que ahora cuenta con sitios de viviendas conocidos como Kearney’s Gardens.

Eugene Ryan, de 56 años, director de la escuela St Joseph's, nació y se crió en el pueblo y enseña justo enfrente de donde creció.

“Cuando John F Kennedy llegó a Irlanda en 1963, yo todavía estaba en la escuela, lo recuerdo”, dijo.

“Sus conexiones irlandesas fueron bien publicitadas en ese momento. Todos pensamos que era un santo andante.

"Obama ciertamente tiene una gran similitud: es un hombre joven, con nuevas ideas y tiene conexiones irlandesas, y gracias a Dios, son conexiones de Moneygall".

Lo más cerca que ha estado el pueblo de estas escenas de júbilo fue por las raras y apreciadas victorias del equipo de hurling gaélico que juega en rojo y negro. Ganaron un título junior del condado el fin de semana pasado.

"No somos una gran parroquia, así que cada victoria se celebra bien", dijo Ryan, muchos de cuyos alumnos también se habían reunido en el pub para la fiesta.

“Pero esta es una celebración más grande. La victoria del domingo fue una victoria parroquial y tuvimos grandes celebraciones aquí, pero los nombres y rostros de las personas para esta celebración han venido de todas partes.

"La victoria de Obama pone a Moneygall en el mapa, en el mapa mundial".

La evidencia de eso se encontró con una estadounidense, Kathleen Collins, de 46 años, miembro del Partido Republicano registrado de Filadelfia que ahora vive en Irlanda, quien viajó a Moneygall para obtener los resultados.

Ella había cambiado su lealtad al bando del senador Obama y quería presagiar su éxito en su hogar ancestral.

"Creo que es hora de cambiar", dijo, haciéndose eco del mantra ganador del próximo presidente.

“Es un gran día en la historia de Estados Unidos. Estados Unidos es un país diverso y podemos demostrarlo ahora si tenemos un presidente afroamericano ".

Marian Ryan, de 40 años, ama de casa que ha vivido en Moneygall durante 12 años y una de las bailarinas de Obama Set, ha encontrado más pruebas de la nueva fama de la aldea.

“Ayer estaba hablando por teléfono con un médico de Kilkenny y cuando le dije que estaba en Moneygall, él sabía que la gente de Barack Obama venía de aquí”, dijo.

“Esto va a pasar a la historia y todos formamos parte de eso. Por primera vez me siento parte de los libros de historia ".

"Es hermoso, muy atractivo", dijo Anne Maher, bailarina de escenario y trabajadora escolar con necesidades especiales de unos 40 años que ha vivido en el pueblo toda su vida.

“Todo sobre él, creo que atrae a todos, jóvenes y mayores. Obama es parte de la localidad ahora básicamente. Creemos que todos estamos relacionados con él. Ojalá lo estuviéramos ".

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, también de Co Offaly, se apresuró a invitar oficialmente al senador Obama a Moneygall para felicitarlo después del resultado oficial. Pero tal vez haya un hombre que lo esté esperando más que ningún otro en el pueblo.

Henry Healy (24), quien lleva las cuentas de un plomero local y que ha rastreado su propio árbol genealógico hasta la dinastía Kearney-Obama, es la fuerza impulsora reconocida de una campaña que promueve la famosa conexión.

Mientras camina por el pueblo, los vecinos tocan las bocinas de los autos y lo saludan, mientras habla con los visitantes sobre esta herencia recientemente descubierta.

“Es fantástico que nuestra pequeña aldea en el sur de Offaly esté asociada con el hombre más poderoso del mundo”, dijo.

“Tendrías que volver a JFK para algo como esto. JFK tenía el carisma, la imagen, era joven, tenía todo a su favor, incluso las raíces irlandesas, al igual que Barack Obama.

“Ha puesto a Moneygall en el mapa. Ha puesto a Offaly en el mapa. Y también estamos muy orgullosos de ello ".


Moneygall se prepara para la visita de Obama

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Barack Obama ya ha manifestado su deseo de venir a ver su hogar ancestral en Moneygall, Co Offaly, (población 299) y su notable triunfo presidencial en Estados Unidos envió a los jubilosos habitantes locales en picada.

Los hombres, mujeres y niños de esta polvorienta calle principal, en la calle principal Dublin-Limerick Road, donde se están realizando importantes obras viales, no esperaron hasta que llegó la confirmación oficial desde el otro lado del Atlántico para empezar a abrir las botellas. y pedir pintas de Guinness.

Mientras que los seguidores en Chicago, que eran transmitidos al Ollie’s Pub en los canales de noticias por satélite, mostraban caras doloridas de ansiedad, sus primos irlandeses ya estaban organizando una fiesta como ninguna otra.

Incluso el rector de la Iglesia de Irlanda, el canónigo Stephen Neill, de 39 años, estaba luchando por un espacio en la pequeña pista de baile en la parte trasera del bar, una de las dos únicas en Moneygall, mucho antes de que John McCain admitiera la derrota.

¿Había recibido un soplo del hombre de arriba? "No, no, solo estoy en ventas", insistió.

Golpeando las tablas del suelo junto a él estaban The Obama Set Dancers.

Las ocho mujeres que se reúnen todas las semanas en un salón cercano para practicar sus pasos tradicionales cambiaron su nombre a principios de este año en honor al hijo recién adoptado de la aldea.

Canon Neill, de la iglesia Templeharry de 200 años de antigüedad, en el pueblo vecino de Cloughjordan, fue en parte responsable de este brote de locura.

Fue él quien desenterró los registros polvorientos almacenados en la casa de un feligrés anciano que unía firmemente al primer presidente negro de Estados Unidos con Moneygall.

"Es eléctrico, es difícil haber imaginado que esto subiría un poco, pero lo ha hecho", dijo.

“Ahora solo esperamos con ansias la próxima etapa del viaje, que será una visita del presidente Obama, con suerte, durante el próximo año.

"Es difícil imaginar que un pequeño pueblo tranquilo en la carretera principal de Dublín a Limerick, que pronto será eludido, reciba la visita del ciudadano más importante del mundo; es muy difícil expresarlo con palabras".

No había señales de una crisis crediticia en Ollie's Pub ni ninguna evidencia fuera de la pesimismo económico que ha invadido el resto del país, ya que se trata de aceptar el grito agonizante del otrora poderoso Tigre Celta de la República.

Se habló de optimismo, nuevos planes, quizás un centro de herencia en el campo donde creció el tercer bisabuelo del senador Obama llamado Fulmuth Kearney. También había esperanzas de cambio.

“Esto nos da el estímulo que necesitamos, particularmente en un momento en que la gente está bastante deprimida por la economía. Esto nos da una pequeña patada en la parte trasera para motivarnos y movernos ", dijo Canon O'Neill.

Los presidentes de Estados Unidos han estado en Irlanda antes. John F Kennedy fue el primero en 1963. Ronald Regan en 1984 Bill Clinton, quien desempeñó un papel fundamental en el proceso de paz de Irlanda del Norte, en 1995, 1998 y 2000 y George W Bush en 2004.

Pero es la llegada anticipada de Barack Obama en algún momento en el futuro lo que realmente ha capturado la imaginación de este pueblo cuyos antepasados ​​se fueron a Estados Unidos en la década de 1850. No queda nada de la granja de Fulmuth Kearney ni de la campiña circundante, que ahora cuenta con sitios de viviendas conocidos como Kearney’s Gardens.

Eugene Ryan, de 56 años, director de la escuela St Joseph's, nació y se crió en el pueblo y enseña justo enfrente de donde creció.

“Cuando John F Kennedy llegó a Irlanda en 1963, yo todavía estaba en la escuela, lo recuerdo”, dijo.

“Sus conexiones irlandesas fueron bien publicitadas en ese momento. Todos pensamos que era un santo andante.

"Obama ciertamente tiene una gran similitud: es un hombre joven, con nuevas ideas y tiene conexiones irlandesas, y gracias a Dios, son conexiones de Moneygall".

Lo más cerca que ha estado el pueblo de estas escenas de júbilo fue por las raras y apreciadas victorias del equipo de hurling gaélico que juega en rojo y negro. Ganaron un título junior del condado el fin de semana pasado.

"No somos una gran parroquia, así que cada victoria se celebra bien", dijo Ryan, muchos de cuyos alumnos también se habían reunido en el pub para la fiesta.

“Pero esta es una celebración más grande. La victoria del domingo fue una victoria parroquial y tuvimos grandes celebraciones aquí, pero los nombres y rostros de las personas para esta celebración han venido de todas partes.

"La victoria de Obama pone a Moneygall en el mapa, en el mapa mundial".

La evidencia de eso se encontró con una estadounidense, Kathleen Collins, de 46 años, miembro del Partido Republicano registrado de Filadelfia que ahora vive en Irlanda, quien viajó a Moneygall para obtener los resultados.

Ella había cambiado su lealtad al bando del senador Obama y quería presagiar su éxito en su hogar ancestral.

"Creo que es hora de cambiar", dijo, haciéndose eco del mantra ganador del próximo presidente.

“Es un gran día en la historia de Estados Unidos. Estados Unidos es un país diverso y podemos demostrarlo ahora si tenemos un presidente afroamericano ".

Marian Ryan, de 40 años, ama de casa que ha vivido en Moneygall durante 12 años y una de las bailarinas de Obama Set, ha encontrado más pruebas de la nueva fama de la aldea.

“Ayer estaba hablando por teléfono con un médico de Kilkenny y cuando le dije que estaba en Moneygall, él sabía que la gente de Barack Obama venía de aquí”, dijo.

“Esto va a pasar a la historia y todos formamos parte de eso. Por primera vez me siento parte de los libros de historia ".

"Es hermoso, muy atractivo", dijo Anne Maher, bailarina de escenario y trabajadora escolar con necesidades especiales de unos 40 años que ha vivido en el pueblo toda su vida.

“Todo sobre él, creo que atrae a todos, jóvenes y mayores. Obama es parte de la localidad ahora básicamente. Creemos que todos estamos relacionados con él. Ojalá lo estuviéramos ".

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, también de Co Offaly, se apresuró a invitar oficialmente al senador Obama a Moneygall para felicitarlo después del resultado oficial. Pero tal vez haya un hombre que lo esté esperando más que ningún otro en el pueblo.

Henry Healy (24), quien lleva las cuentas de un plomero local y que ha rastreado su propio árbol genealógico hasta la dinastía Kearney-Obama, es la fuerza impulsora reconocida de una campaña que promueve la famosa conexión.

Mientras camina por el pueblo, los vecinos tocan las bocinas de los autos y lo saludan, mientras habla con los visitantes sobre esta herencia recientemente descubierta.

“Es fantástico que nuestra pequeña aldea en el sur de Offaly esté asociada con el hombre más poderoso del mundo”, dijo.

“Tendrías que volver a JFK para algo como esto. JFK tenía el carisma, la imagen, era joven, tenía todo a su favor, incluso las raíces irlandesas, al igual que Barack Obama.

“Ha puesto a Moneygall en el mapa. Ha puesto a Offaly en el mapa. Y también estamos muy orgullosos de ello ".


Moneygall se prepara para la visita de Obama

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Barack Obama ya ha manifestado su deseo de venir a ver su hogar ancestral en Moneygall, Co Offaly, (población 299) y su notable triunfo presidencial en Estados Unidos envió a los jubilosos habitantes locales en picada.

Los hombres, mujeres y niños de esta polvorienta calle principal, en la calle principal Dublin-Limerick Road, donde se están realizando importantes obras viales, no esperaron hasta que llegó la confirmación oficial desde el otro lado del Atlántico para empezar a abrir las botellas. y pedir pintas de Guinness.

Mientras que los seguidores en Chicago, que eran transmitidos al Ollie’s Pub en los canales de noticias por satélite, mostraban caras doloridas de ansiedad, sus primos irlandeses ya estaban organizando una fiesta como ninguna otra.

Incluso el rector de la Iglesia de Irlanda, el canónigo Stephen Neill, de 39 años, estaba luchando por un espacio en la pequeña pista de baile en la parte trasera del bar, una de las dos únicas en Moneygall, mucho antes de que John McCain admitiera la derrota.

¿Había recibido un soplo del hombre de arriba? "No, no, solo estoy en ventas", insistió.

Golpeando las tablas del suelo junto a él estaban The Obama Set Dancers.

Las ocho mujeres que se reúnen todas las semanas en un salón cercano para practicar sus pasos tradicionales cambiaron su nombre a principios de este año en honor al hijo recién adoptado de la aldea.

Canon Neill, de la iglesia Templeharry de 200 años de antigüedad, en el pueblo vecino de Cloughjordan, fue en parte responsable de este brote de locura.

Fue él quien desenterró los registros polvorientos almacenados en la casa de un feligrés anciano que unía firmemente al primer presidente negro de Estados Unidos con Moneygall.

"Es eléctrico, es difícil haber imaginado que esto subiría un poco, pero lo ha hecho", dijo.

“Ahora solo esperamos con ansias la próxima etapa del viaje, que será una visita del presidente Obama, con suerte, durante el próximo año.

"Es difícil imaginar que un pequeño pueblo tranquilo en la carretera principal de Dublín a Limerick, que pronto será eludido, reciba la visita del ciudadano más importante del mundo; es muy difícil expresarlo con palabras".

No había señales de una crisis crediticia en Ollie's Pub ni ninguna evidencia fuera de la pesimismo económico que ha invadido el resto del país, ya que se trata de aceptar el grito agonizante del otrora poderoso Tigre Celta de la República.

Se habló de optimismo, nuevos planes, quizás un centro de herencia en el campo donde creció el tercer bisabuelo del senador Obama llamado Fulmuth Kearney. También había esperanzas de cambio.

“Esto nos da el estímulo que necesitamos, particularmente en un momento en que la gente está bastante deprimida por la economía. Esto nos da una pequeña patada en la parte trasera para motivarnos y movernos ", dijo Canon O'Neill.

Los presidentes de Estados Unidos han estado en Irlanda antes. John F Kennedy fue el primero en 1963. Ronald Regan en 1984 Bill Clinton, quien desempeñó un papel fundamental en el proceso de paz de Irlanda del Norte, en 1995, 1998 y 2000 y George W Bush en 2004.

Pero es la llegada anticipada de Barack Obama en algún momento en el futuro lo que realmente ha capturado la imaginación de este pueblo cuyos antepasados ​​se fueron a Estados Unidos en la década de 1850. No queda nada de la granja de Fulmuth Kearney ni de la campiña circundante, que ahora cuenta con sitios de viviendas conocidos como Kearney’s Gardens.

Eugene Ryan, de 56 años, director de la escuela St Joseph's, nació y se crió en el pueblo y enseña justo enfrente de donde creció.

“Cuando John F Kennedy llegó a Irlanda en 1963, yo todavía estaba en la escuela, lo recuerdo”, dijo.

“Sus conexiones irlandesas fueron bien publicitadas en ese momento. Todos pensamos que era un santo andante.

"Obama ciertamente tiene una gran similitud: es un hombre joven, con nuevas ideas y tiene conexiones irlandesas, y gracias a Dios, son conexiones de Moneygall".

Lo más cerca que ha estado el pueblo de estas escenas de júbilo fue por las raras y apreciadas victorias del equipo de hurling gaélico que juega en rojo y negro. Ganaron un título junior del condado el fin de semana pasado.

"No somos una gran parroquia, así que cada victoria se celebra bien", dijo Ryan, muchos de cuyos alumnos también se habían reunido en el pub para la fiesta.

“Pero esta es una celebración más grande. La victoria del domingo fue una victoria parroquial y tuvimos grandes celebraciones aquí, pero los nombres y rostros de las personas para esta celebración han venido de todas partes.

"La victoria de Obama pone a Moneygall en el mapa, en el mapa mundial".

La evidencia de eso se encontró con una estadounidense, Kathleen Collins, de 46 años, miembro del Partido Republicano registrado de Filadelfia que ahora vive en Irlanda, quien viajó a Moneygall para obtener los resultados.

Ella había cambiado su lealtad al bando del senador Obama y quería presagiar su éxito en su hogar ancestral.

"Creo que es hora de cambiar", dijo, haciéndose eco del mantra ganador del próximo presidente.

“Es un gran día en la historia de Estados Unidos. Estados Unidos es un país diverso y podemos demostrarlo ahora si tenemos un presidente afroamericano ".

Marian Ryan, de 40 años, ama de casa que ha vivido en Moneygall durante 12 años y una de las bailarinas de Obama Set, ha encontrado más pruebas de la nueva fama de la aldea.

“Ayer estaba hablando por teléfono con un médico de Kilkenny y cuando le dije que estaba en Moneygall, él sabía que la gente de Barack Obama venía de aquí”, dijo.

“Esto va a pasar a la historia y todos formamos parte de eso. Por primera vez me siento parte de los libros de historia ".

"Es hermoso, muy atractivo", dijo Anne Maher, bailarina de escenario y trabajadora escolar con necesidades especiales de unos 40 años que ha vivido en el pueblo toda su vida.

“Todo sobre él, creo que atrae a todos, jóvenes y mayores. Obama es parte de la localidad ahora básicamente. Creemos que todos estamos relacionados con él. Ojalá lo estuviéramos ".

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, también de Co Offaly, se apresuró a invitar oficialmente al senador Obama a Moneygall para felicitarlo después del resultado oficial. Pero tal vez haya un hombre que lo esté esperando más que ningún otro en el pueblo.

Henry Healy (24), quien lleva las cuentas de un plomero local y que ha rastreado su propio árbol genealógico hasta la dinastía Kearney-Obama, es la fuerza impulsora reconocida de una campaña que promueve la famosa conexión.

Mientras camina por el pueblo, los vecinos tocan las bocinas de los autos y lo saludan, mientras habla con los visitantes sobre esta herencia recientemente descubierta.

“Es fantástico que nuestra pequeña aldea en el sur de Offaly esté asociada con el hombre más poderoso del mundo”, dijo.

“Tendrías que volver a JFK para algo como esto. JFK tenía el carisma, la imagen, era joven, tenía todo a su favor, incluso las raíces irlandesas, al igual que Barack Obama.

“Ha puesto a Moneygall en el mapa. Ha puesto a Offaly en el mapa. Y también estamos muy orgullosos de ello ".


Moneygall se prepara para la visita de Obama

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Un pequeño pueblo irlandés se prepara para la visita oficial del hombre más poderoso del mundo.

Barack Obama ya ha manifestado su deseo de venir a ver su hogar ancestral en Moneygall, Co Offaly, (población 299) y su notable triunfo presidencial en Estados Unidos envió a los jubilosos habitantes locales en picada.

Los hombres, mujeres y niños de esta polvorienta calle principal, en la calle principal Dublin-Limerick Road, donde se están realizando importantes obras viales, no esperaron hasta que llegó la confirmación oficial desde el otro lado del Atlántico para empezar a abrir las botellas. y pedir pintas de Guinness.

Mientras que los seguidores en Chicago, que eran transmitidos al Ollie’s Pub en los canales de noticias por satélite, mostraban caras doloridas de ansiedad, sus primos irlandeses ya estaban organizando una fiesta como ninguna otra.

Incluso el rector de la Iglesia de Irlanda, el canónigo Stephen Neill, de 39 años, estaba luchando por un espacio en la pequeña pista de baile en la parte trasera del bar, una de las dos únicas en Moneygall, mucho antes de que John McCain admitiera la derrota.

¿Había recibido un soplo del hombre de arriba? "No, no, solo estoy en ventas", insistió.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


Moneygall braced for Obama visit

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

Barack Obama has already signalled his desire to come and see his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, (population 299) and his remarkable US presidential triumph sent jubilant locals into a tailspin.

The men, women and children in this one dusty Main St, on the main Dublin-Limerick Road where major roadworks are under way, didn’t wait until the official confirmation came through from the far side of the Atlantic to begin cracking open the bottles and ordering pints of Guinness.

While supporters in Chicago, being beamed into Ollie’s Pub on satellite news channels wore pained faces of anxiety, their Irish cousins were already throwing a party like no other.

Even the Church of Ireland rector, Canon Stephen Neill, 39, was fighting for space on the small dance floor at the back of the bar – one of only two in Moneygall – well before John McCain conceded defeat.

Had he got a tip-off from the Man Above? “No, no – I’m only in sales,” he insisted.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


Moneygall braced for Obama visit

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

Barack Obama has already signalled his desire to come and see his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, (population 299) and his remarkable US presidential triumph sent jubilant locals into a tailspin.

The men, women and children in this one dusty Main St, on the main Dublin-Limerick Road where major roadworks are under way, didn’t wait until the official confirmation came through from the far side of the Atlantic to begin cracking open the bottles and ordering pints of Guinness.

While supporters in Chicago, being beamed into Ollie’s Pub on satellite news channels wore pained faces of anxiety, their Irish cousins were already throwing a party like no other.

Even the Church of Ireland rector, Canon Stephen Neill, 39, was fighting for space on the small dance floor at the back of the bar – one of only two in Moneygall – well before John McCain conceded defeat.

Had he got a tip-off from the Man Above? “No, no – I’m only in sales,” he insisted.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


Moneygall braced for Obama visit

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

Barack Obama has already signalled his desire to come and see his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, (population 299) and his remarkable US presidential triumph sent jubilant locals into a tailspin.

The men, women and children in this one dusty Main St, on the main Dublin-Limerick Road where major roadworks are under way, didn’t wait until the official confirmation came through from the far side of the Atlantic to begin cracking open the bottles and ordering pints of Guinness.

While supporters in Chicago, being beamed into Ollie’s Pub on satellite news channels wore pained faces of anxiety, their Irish cousins were already throwing a party like no other.

Even the Church of Ireland rector, Canon Stephen Neill, 39, was fighting for space on the small dance floor at the back of the bar – one of only two in Moneygall – well before John McCain conceded defeat.

Had he got a tip-off from the Man Above? “No, no – I’m only in sales,” he insisted.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


Moneygall braced for Obama visit

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

Barack Obama has already signalled his desire to come and see his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, (population 299) and his remarkable US presidential triumph sent jubilant locals into a tailspin.

The men, women and children in this one dusty Main St, on the main Dublin-Limerick Road where major roadworks are under way, didn’t wait until the official confirmation came through from the far side of the Atlantic to begin cracking open the bottles and ordering pints of Guinness.

While supporters in Chicago, being beamed into Ollie’s Pub on satellite news channels wore pained faces of anxiety, their Irish cousins were already throwing a party like no other.

Even the Church of Ireland rector, Canon Stephen Neill, 39, was fighting for space on the small dance floor at the back of the bar – one of only two in Moneygall – well before John McCain conceded defeat.

Had he got a tip-off from the Man Above? “No, no – I’m only in sales,” he insisted.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


Moneygall braced for Obama visit

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

A small Irish village is getting ready for an official visit from the most powerful man in the world.

Barack Obama has already signalled his desire to come and see his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, (population 299) and his remarkable US presidential triumph sent jubilant locals into a tailspin.

The men, women and children in this one dusty Main St, on the main Dublin-Limerick Road where major roadworks are under way, didn’t wait until the official confirmation came through from the far side of the Atlantic to begin cracking open the bottles and ordering pints of Guinness.

While supporters in Chicago, being beamed into Ollie’s Pub on satellite news channels wore pained faces of anxiety, their Irish cousins were already throwing a party like no other.

Even the Church of Ireland rector, Canon Stephen Neill, 39, was fighting for space on the small dance floor at the back of the bar – one of only two in Moneygall – well before John McCain conceded defeat.

Had he got a tip-off from the Man Above? “No, no – I’m only in sales,” he insisted.

Pummelling the floorboards next to him were The Obama Set Dancers.

The eight women who come together every week in a nearby hall to practice their traditional steps rebranded themselves earlier this year in honour of the village’s newly adopted son.

Canon Neill, of the 200-year-old Templeharry church, in the next village of Cloughjordan, was partly responsible for this outbreak of madness.

It was he who unearthed the dusty records stored in an elderly parishioner’s home that firmly tied America’s first black President to Moneygall.

“It’s electric, it’s hard to have imagined this would go up a notch but it has,” he said.

“We’re only looking forward now to the next stage in the journey which will be a visit hopefully from President Obama in the next year.

“It’s hard to contemplate really, for a quiet little village on the main Dublin to Limerick road, soon to be by-passed, to get a visit from the most important citizen of the world – it’s very hard to put words on that.”

There was no sign of a credit crunch in Ollie’s Pub or any evidence outside of the economic gloom that has pervaded the rest of the country, as it comes to terms with the dying cry of the Republic’s once mighty Celtic Tiger.

The talk was of optimism, new plans, perhaps a heritage centre on the field where Senator Obama’s third great-grandfather named Fulmuth Kearney grew up. There was also hope of change.

“This gives us that encouragement we need, particularly at a time when people are quite down about the economy. This gives us a little kick up the backside to get us motivated and moving,” said Canon O’Neill.

US Presidents have been to Ireland before. John F Kennedy was the first in 1963. Ronald Regan in 1984 Bill Clinton, who played such a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process, in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and George W Bush in 2004.

But it’s Barack Obama’s anticipated arrival at some stage in the future which has really captured the imagination of this village whose ancestors left for America in the 1850s. Nothing remains of Fulmuth Kearney’s homestead or surrounding countryside, which now has housing sites known as Kearney’s Gardens

Eugene Ryan, 56, principal of St Joseph’s School, was born and bred in the village and teaches just across the street from where he grew up.

“When John F Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 I was still at school myself, I remember it,” he said.

“His Irish connections were well publicised at the time. We all thought he was a walking saint.

“Obama certainly has a strong similarity: he’s a young man, with new ideas and he has Irish connections – and thank God, they are Moneygall connections.”

The nearest the village has come before to these scenes of jubilation was for the rare and cherished victories of the Gaelic hurling team who play in red and black. They won a county junior title last weekend.

“We’re not a huge parish so every victory is well celebrated,” said Mr Ryan, many of whose pupils had also gathered in the pub for the party.

“But this is a bigger celebration. The win on Sunday was a parish victory and we had great celebrations here, but the names and faces of people for this celebration have come from all around.

“Obama’s victory puts Moneygall on the map – on the world map.”

Evidence of that was to be found with one American, Kathleen Collins, 46, a registered Republican Party member from Philadelphia now living in Ireland, who travelled to Moneygall for the results.

She had switched allegiance to Senator Obama’s camp and wanted to herald his success in his ancestral home.

“I believe it’s time for change,” she said, echoing the next President’s winning mantra.

“It’s a great day in American history. America is a diverse country and we can prove it now by having an African-American president.”

Marian Ryan, 40, a housewife who has lived in Moneygall for 12 years and one of the Obama Set Dancers, has found further evidence of the village’s new found fame.

“I was talking to a doctor from Kilkenny on the phone yesterday and when I told him I was in Moneygall, he knew that Barack Obama’s people came from here,” she said.

“This is going to go down in history and we’re all part of that. For the first time ever I feel I’m part of the history books.”

“He’s gorgeous – very attractive,” said Anne Maher, fellow set dancer and a special needs school worker in her 40s who has lived in the village all her life.

“Everything about him, I think he appeals to everybody – young and old. Obama is part of locality now basically. We think we’re all related to him. We wish we were.”

Taoiseach Brian Cowen, also from Co Offaly, was swift to officially invite Senator Obama to Moneygall in his congratulations to him after the official result. But there is, perhaps, one man who is looking forward to it more than any other in the village.

Henry Healy (24), who keeps the accounts for a local plumber and who has traced his own family tree to the Kearney-Obama dynasty, is the acknowledged driving force of a campaign promoting the famous connection.

As he walks along the village, neighbours hoot car horns and wave to him, as he talks to visitors about this recently-uncovered heritage.

“It fantastic for our little village in the south of Offaly to be associated with the most powerful man in the world,” he said.

“You would have to go back to JFK for something like this. JFK had the charisma, the image, he was youthful, he had everything going for him, even the Irish roots, as does Barack Obama.

“It’s put Moneygall on the map. It’s put Offaly on the map. And we’re awfully proud of it too.”


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