two more days…

Two American helicopters land in St Flannans Park, Moneygall, Co Offaly, where Barack Obama is due to touch down on Monday

Irish Times: From this morning, Moneygall will be sealed off to the outside world except for those with special access. Cars will be cleared off the main street and locals will brace themselves for the visit of US president Barack Obama on Monday.

Whatever happens, the Co Offaly village will never be the same again. The rather unprepossessing village that motorists thundered through on the way from Dublin to Limerick has been transformed.

Every house has been painted. The streets are festooned with American and Irish flags. Even the altar of the local church has red, white and blue bunting …. Two gift shops have opened  …. The Offaly Independent has been renamed the Obama Independent for the occasion.

…The latest indications are that the US president will land in the hurling pitch at about 3pm and make his way to the home of his ancestor Fulmouth Kearney via the M7 and a specially constructed ramp off the motorway. He will then take a stroll of the village to Ollie Hayes’s pub where it is hoped that he will meet some of his distant cousins including Henry Healy.

…There are no plans for the president to make a speech and a proposed trip to Templeharry Church to see the ancestral records has been cut short because of the brevity of the visit which is only expected to last an hour.

…Fox News, ITV and the BBC were among the broadcasters in the village yesterday. Anna Bosch, the London correspondent of Spain’s national broadcaster TVE, did her piece to camera beside a bust of Barack Obama in Hayes’s pub. “Obama is a rock star in Spain,” she said. “He has never come to Spain, but here he is coming to this little Irish village.”

Proprietor Ollie Hayes says his world changed since Obama uttered the word “Moneygall” when he confirmed his Irish visit on St Patrick’s Day…..

Full article here

Eighth-cousin of U.S. President Barack Obama, Henry Healy, poses with a bust of American president in Ollie Hayes Pub in Moneygall

Local resident of Moneygall Maura Slater poses with her official ticket to see US President Barack Obama during his visit to Moneygall, Ireland

Local Police guard the front of the house occupied by Barack Obama’s ancestors, Joseph and Phoebe Kearny in Moneygall

A local resident of Moneygall holds a ‘Brack’ of bread named after US President Barack Obama. The Irish brack is a fruit loaf bread.

An American car with the registration ‘Obama 1’and reading ‘Yes We Can’ is parked on the main street of in Moneygall

Ollie Hayes Pub in Moneygall

22 Responses to “two more days…”

  1. 1 Proud of Obama
    May 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Good morning all. So glad the President and First Lady are going to the land of love. Hey, Chipsticks, I found this polling data on Real Clear Politics interesting. It shows PBO trouncing all repugs.


  2. 2 CTGirl
    May 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Good morning!

  3. 3 Proud of Obama
    May 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Another interesting story about how unpopular the repug governors are. These clowns squeaked into office. If only the dems had come out and voted like they should have we would not be fighting this nonsense. Sigh.


    • 4 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Well, Ed Schultz and others told them to punish President Obama by staying home.
      Who’s being punished now?

      Also, will we be hearing about “buyer’s remorse” in the MSM with the same frequency that we heard about “enthusiasm gap” back in 2009 & 2010?

  4. 5 Fred
    May 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    thanks for this Chip

    does Ms Bosch sound a little envious or what? 😉

  5. 6 UT Austin Liberal
    May 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh… Thanks for the articles Chips. I am loving the warmth that the Irish people are extending to the Obamas. When one reads foreign news and articles, one sees just how much the Obamas are loved. Sane people know PBO is a ROCKSTAR. I am soooooooooo excited. T-minus 2 days? 😀

    May 21, 2011 at 9:28 am


  7. 8 obamalia
    May 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    In case you haven’t seen this video – “It’s Obama!”

    • 9 obamalia
      May 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Nice fotos plus catchy tune huh?
      Counter 0:48 then barely known Senator Obama walking in Russia. I imagine he must look at this foto wishing for days like this when he could step out of the bubble. Thank you Mr President for giving up your privacy to make a difference in our lives and those of future generations.

      • 10 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

        Barack Obama is truly the World’s President. Every region of the globe can pay tribute to our President in their own cultural style! Thanks Obamalia!

        • 11 Doris
          May 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

          That’s why the Repugs and haters are so jealous of him. They know the world loves him and they can’t do a darn thing about it. I love it.

    • 12 VC prezOfan2
      May 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Me likey! Me likey! 😆 😆 This is obviously a ‘new’ one – Thanks for sharing, Obamalia.

  8. 13 Proud of Obama
    May 21, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Love that last video.

  9. 15 Me4obama
    May 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Never get tired of reading articles about this visit, long live moneygall and long live all Irish people.

  10. May 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Didn’t know Spain had a crush on him.

    I was thinking the other day, what president or leader do Americans line up and cheer for the way they do Obama when he goes abroad? We hear about this leader or that leader coming here and we’re just like, “meh”. When Obama goes abroad we see all these people excited to see him. Lining up, selling shirts, etc. From many countries too not just Moneygall.

    • 17 AnitaW
      May 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I know Biden and Michelle have been to Spain, but not President Obama. I’m sure he will try to get there during his first term. I hope the weather clears up and he’s able to make his plan visit to Moneygall. These folks have been so excited for his visit. Me too.

  11. 18 Titti
    May 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Love that soca tune and the slides are great.

  12. 19 HZ
    May 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Love it. We have a World President who loves him so much. Let us give thanks for his beautiful mother and grandparents for nurturing him so well. So let us celebrate this trip for the book that was written by Janny Scott: A Singular Woman. Since POTUS is visiting Ireland, this is a loving gift also in high honor for his mother and grandparents. So on Monday, we will celebrate and remember Stanley Ann Dunham and her parents. Now take that Senator Hatch and your friends. Let us focus on the good in this man that God has placed in him. What a blessing.

  13. 20 lisaloveobama
    May 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Was scrolling through the pictures attached to this post and came across the sixth one of a man holding a bun. My cursor was going so fast, I thought the package said: ‘Barack’s Buns’ 😉 I love the way everyone is so excited to see him! I can’t wait for him to leave rat infested Washington and move on the greener pastures, where the air is sweeter and the people are more than a tad bit appreciative. I’m loving how Ireland is loving him 🙂

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