(almost) ready

Welcome messages to US President Barack Obama are pictured on display in Dublin, Ireland, on May 20, ahead of his visit to the country. US President Barack Obama will visit Ireland on Monday.

A T-shirt produced to commemorate the visit of US President Barack Obama is pictured in a gift shop in Dublin

Street signs are removed from the centre of College Green, opposite Trinity College, in Dublin to make way for a platform to be built for a speech by US President Barack Obama

Hundreds of people wait patiently in Moneygall to collect their ‘golden tickets’ that will allow them see American President Barack Obama during next week’s visit

41 Responses to “(almost) ready”

  1. 1 sherijr
    May 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

    This is going to be a great trip.. just do not listen to our American media or their repub counterparts.. and we’ll all be able to enjoy it far far better 😉

  2. 3 m
    May 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I’m starting to think when the President and Michelle retire (a very long, long time in the future) they may just be looking to buy a vacation cottage in Ireland to get to know his distant cousins better! 😉 How great it is to see all the LOVE/RESPECT Ireland has for PBO! =)

  3. 4 Fred
    May 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    this is madness 😆 but I am happy he’s getting such a warm welcome 😀

  4. 5 Tulips
    May 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I posted this picture yesterday moneygall secret service. I love it!http://media.irishcentral.com/images/190511_Secret-Service.jpg

  5. 7 CT Girl
    May 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Oh Chipsticks! What do they say about great minds??? I just Googled Moneygall to check on the preparations 🙂 and found a wonderful article to share:


  6. 10 UT Austin Liberal
    May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Man oh Man I am SUPER EXCITED !!!!!! :D.. I can’t wait.

  7. May 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    what’s his speech going to be about?

  8. 13 GGail
    May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    It’s nice to see so many people in another country lined up to receive tickets to see our President of the United States.

  9. 15 meta
    May 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    OMG, how sweet this is!! Be still my heart!!

    Another clip:


    Have a look at Henry Healey’s face!!

    I’m hearing The Irish Independent has a 32-page souvenir section today previewing “President Obama in Ireland 2011.” WOOHOOT! We must find it!!

    • 16 Fred
      May 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      I sure hope the President meets Mr Healey 😀

      • 17 pinkbunny
        May 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

        Given how many articles and interviews there have been with Mr Healy, I can’t imagine the President nor his aides totally dissing him. I mean the President’s aides got an email written by that 14 year old girl, and just like that she and her mother were invited to the 9-11 ceremony.

        What I find amazing is how the President and his staff are attuned to such sensitivity. I remember him inviting his great uncle to Normandy in 2009 on the anniversary of the D-Day.

        They are very thoughtful in that way.

    • 18 sherijr
      May 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thats a great article.. I love the last paragraph in this:

      Meanwhile, researchers from Irish heritage company Eneclann have located Mr Obama’s closest living relatives in Co Tipperary and they will be on RTE One’s ‘Nationwide’ at 7pm on Friday.

      Dick Benn and Tom Donovan are sixth cousins of the president and have now been invited to meet him in Moneygall next week.

      “I have three uncles alive who are even closer to Mr Obama,” said Mr Benn. “It’s a bit of a shock but interesting to see that our family have done well when they went to America.”

      Tom Donovan said of Mr Obama: “I like him, he’s a great orator, and he talks off the cuff effortlessly. He’s the kind of guy I would vote for if I was in America. I think he’ll like it in Ireland.”

  10. 19 meta
    May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Henry Healey is only 26 years old! Quote from “My Cousin Barack”:

    “The visit of Barack Obama will be uplifting for the people of Moneygall.

    While our economic crisis and unemployment has dominated our television screens and newspapers, we in Moneygall have been given a reprieve from negativity with our own exciting story of change, hope and a new ‘Is feidir linn’ attitude.

    I can barely sleep thinking about the arrival of Barack Obama and rehearsing what am I going to say to him. My uncle, John, will be by my side because I promised him that if we ever got to meet our long-lost relation, we would do it together.

    I want to welcome him home to Moneygall and to tell him that his success has inspired our nation. It has transformed one Irish community, but lifted the hearts of many more.

    I will tell him how proud we Healys are to be related to Barack Obama. He has come a very long way from a time when his greatgreat-great-great grandfather John Kearney was a shoemaker in Moneygall.”


    • 20 sherijr
      May 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Mr. Healey sounds like a pretty darn smart guy, appreciating his relationship to our President. What a sweety. I am so in love with the Irish and their love for President and Mrs. Obama. Makes me proud to have ancestors from there too.

    • 21 theo67
      May 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      This is so sweet!

    May 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm


  12. May 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Looky here Moneygall, just be sure to send him back. Ya can’t keep him.

  13. 25 Chi
    May 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This is just so heartwarming…

  14. 27 Sue in Minnesota
    May 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    What a shot to the economy of Moneygall. But more importantly…

    This is such a jolt of joy. Personally I am celebrating the focus of our interconnectedness, the spirit and connection of family, the family of man. Healy may not fully recognize the beauty of what he has set in motion. Hope the bigots of the world train their eyes on Moneygall….time for a very valuable lesson in life.

  15. May 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Gosh, this sure makes my heart sing to see how Ireland is preparing for our President; we love him too Ireland. I don’t think this has happened before, huh, for any other president in the history of our country, No?? I just LOVE this. Be Well our President and return to us safely.

  16. May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Informative article especially the last few paragraphs including the photo of the commenrative stone marker at church.

    ‘Shinrone: birthplace and resting place of Obama’s Irish ancestors”


  17. 37 ber6964
    May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This is going to make the wingnut’s collective heads EXPLODE! Love it!! But, but but he’s a Mulin!!!

  18. 38 HZ
    May 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    God is so gracious to our President. Look how the hearts of the Irish people are so full of love and excitement. I pray that our POTUS and FLOTUS will have such a wonderful time and enjoy the love there.

  19. 39 Pinkbunny
    May 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I was in Ireland last year! I wish I could be there when the Predident is there!!!

  20. 40 Deagara
    May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Here’s today video footage of the people of Moneygall excited over PBO visit: http://video.foxnews.com/v/952243440001

    • 41 Chi
      May 23, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Strange footage you’ve linked to Deagara…

      We here typically avoid Fox ‘news’ and the lure to do so using footage of Moneygall’s preparation for President Obama’s visit, isn’t exactly going to carry…

      Especially seeing as the video suspiciously has a voice over of Herman Cain announcing his amusing candidacy for the republican party…

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