the road to moneygall (say hello to henry in the comments)

An Irish television documentary on Henry Healy (and his American cousin)

Original video here

UPDATE: Sorry, video no longer available at link


80 Responses to “the road to moneygall (say hello to henry in the comments)”

  1. July 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Love the way he says ‘Barack’….lol Again, kudos to whomever is responsible for this site. It’s certainly beats any of them out there. Bar none!!

  2. 2 ChristiMtl
    July 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Oh wow, thank you so much for this Chips!!!. I love them.

    • July 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      You’re welcome ChristiMtl! My copies of the video are a bit jumpy, not the best of quality, but the complete video at the link will only be there for a while (and I’m not sure if it can be viewed everywhere), so I thought it better to copy it before it disappeared! Thanks ChristiMtl 😉

      • 4 obamalia
        July 21, 2011 at 5:30 am

        what a treat to watch these videos – my tears runneth over! i posted this on my facebook with Lonnie’s comments as caption 🙂

        can you post (again) the interview with henry healy & co done with a studio audience after the PBO’s visit? mil gracias!

        (((tight hugs))) to you chips for this great site.

  3. 5 Tally
    July 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    This is the coolest post EVER!!!!

    😀 😀 😀

  4. 8 Hachikō
    July 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Moneygall: the biggest little village in Ireland.

    Thank you for posting these, Chip!

    • July 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      You’re welcome Hachikō!

      • 10 utaustinliberal
        July 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        Hey Chips thanks for the video. It was great. 🙂 But it was kind of jumpy in places and when I was watching it, it would start working well at for example; 1:43 and then it would skip to 6:43 and then the video would just end. Is this only happening to me? I also went to the link but the video wasn’t there. Could you please tell me the name of the documentary so I could search for it? I really really really really loved the little I was able to see and I soooooo want to see the entire documentary because it’s fascinating, warm and brings back so many memories of the campaign. Hope you’re enjoying your vacay Chips and many thanks. 🙂

  5. 11 Tally
    July 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm


  6. 13 ChristiMtl
    July 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    What’s your name? Henry….Henry Obama? lol….oh that was funny. lol

    I agree with Tally. The coolest post ever!!! Pure joy.

  7. 15 Doris
    July 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oh Chips, this is great. These are keepers. Thanks for this treat! 😀

  8. 18 lamh34
    July 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Wow guys.

    Thx for these videos. They brought me back to election night and I still love seeing the video from the visit to Ireland.

  9. July 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Someone said that this is the coolest post ever. But you know what I think would be the coolest post ever?

    Chipsticks getting a message from the president himself for doing such an outstanding job with this site.

    That is my wish for you Chipsticks. You so deserve a thumbs up from the President.

    Stay wonderful and goodnight everyone.

  10. July 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Here’s my good night vide:

  11. 24 mtmarilyn
    July 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Oh Chips, what a way to send the day. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!! I haven’t watched them all yet. I just had to say Thank You!!!!

  12. 25 Me4obama
    July 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Am in Tears. My heart is too heavy right now. As if I needed to Love Henry Healy more but i do. Ladies and Gentleman meet the future Prime Minister of Ireland, My man Henry Healy. Thanks Chipsticks for this wonderful documentary and if its available on DVD I will order it ASAP.

    • 26 Doris
      July 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Me4, I too still have tears in my eyes. This has been a blessing tonight. Chips always knows what we need and when we need it. Now she is supposed to be on vacation and here she is cheering us up. The dreadful republicans have taken their toll this week along with that stupid PL and that Adam West guy. Boy, we really needed this and Chips came through just like a good mama. Man are we blessed.

  13. 27 meta
    July 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    OH MY GOSH, what a wonderful video about the gracious Henry Healey and the road to Moneygall. What incredibly lovely people everywhere. I was totally choked up at various points of the whole thing. It’s so overwhelming to step back and remember the totality of these events. THANK YOU, Chips. Love you for your ability to know the best of the best out there and for bringing it to us. XOXO.

    • 28 Chi
      July 22, 2011 at 3:32 am

      Now more than ever, I’m determined to fit in a visit to MoneyGall and soon too…

      What abslutely lovely people…

  14. July 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    OMG!!! This was unbelievably awesome! I just finished watching it. I can’t believe we all stayed up and watched this. It seems like such a dream. As I was watching I thought: ‘My god, if this is a dream, don’t wake me up.’ {{{sigh}}} 🙂

  15. 30 ChristiMtl
    July 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I got very emotional watching this, again, I cannot express my gratitude enough for this Chips, you’re the best.

    On a serious note.

    Chips do you have any news about Reverend Canon Stephen Neill’ son? My heart broke when I read about this. I couldn’t believe it, That poor man, going from one extreme to the other.

    Such joy and so much pain in just a few weeks.

    I tried to find something online but I didn’t find any updates.

    I hope his boy is ok, poor thing.

    • 31 meta
      July 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      ChristiMtl, I found this little bit of info:

      THE son of the Anglican minister who traced US President Barack Obama‘s Irish roots is to undergo surgery today for a brain tumour.

      Rev Canon Stephen Neill and his wife Nicola were holidaying in the Canary island of Tenerife when their only child Aaron (14) collapsed on Saturday.

      The reverend, who met the president and first lady during their visit to Moneygall, Co Offaly, in May, confirmed his son is to undergo neurosurgery in Tenerife today.

      “He’s very ill, but he’s making good progress,” he told the Irish Independent last night. In a tweet on Saturday Rev Neill wrote: “Please pray for our son Aaron who collapsed unconscious today with us on holidays in Tenerife — scan shows brain tumour.”

      In an update posted yesterday, Rev Neill said doctors are pleased with his progress as he awaits transfer to a neurosurgical ward today. He underwent initial surgery on Saturday where it was feared he had suffered “substantial brain damage”. However, yesterday Rev Neill said the medical team was pleased with his progress.

      He said: “Great news — Aaron has woken up. Recognised us and very responsive — can’t talk due to tube but has control of limbs and pulling out tubes.”

      Rev Neill made headlines around the world after his research led to the discovery of Mr Obama‘s great-great-grandfather Joseph Kearney had been baptised in the parish of Moneygall.


  16. 41 LunarSea
    July 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    That was absotively posolutely fantastic.

    Hundreds of thousands danced and sang a welcome for their distant son in the streets in Africa. Thousands greeted him much like a liberator in the streets of Germany. Hundreds shared tiny tvs set and gathered outside of store fronts in Jordan. Millions listened to him in awe in India. Nations awarded him a coveted prize of Peace Maker in Oslo. He was welcomed as a brother in the Native American community. They showed him great respect in Moscow. They swooned over him in Brazil. They enchanted him with music in Puerto Rico. They treated him like royalty in the UK.

    But the sweetest visit and the most endearing one to me by far was the visit to the biggest little town in Ireland called Miune Gall.

    Thanks ChipsChica. Great way to end the day.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      July 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Excellent post LunarSea! Couldn’t have said it better. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this documentary. Thanks Chips for bringing this to us!

    • 43 meta
      July 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Beautiful, LunarSea. Thank you.

    • 44 Betsy
      July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Wonderful post, and we Americans, that means those of us who really understand and support this wonderful President, greet him at places where he goes, smile and are eager to shake his hand, and the MSM doesn’t even get it.

      Thanks so much Chipsticks for these videos. It’s a great way to start my birthday today..in tears 🙂

      Happy tears.

  17. 45 lmrj
    July 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This was WONDERFUL!!! YOU ROCK CHIPSTICKS!!! Thanks so much for posting these videos! While watching them, the smile never left my face. Had no idea that Henry the 8th and Moneygall had been following PBO since the early primaries. Thank you so much!

    • 46 Doris
      July 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Didn’t know that they followed since 2007 and didn’t know that Henry and Co. were here for the inauguration.

      • 47 Asher in Boston
        July 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

        Me either Doris. Didnt know young Henry the 8th and the town followed him since as early as 2007 and as an underdog and still they embraced him completely. That was so cool. I watched all the videos like a gazzillion times cant get enough of these wonderful loving people. can never get tired of reading/watching anything from money gall. Thank you lots CS.

  18. 48 Left-Indie
    July 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

    didn’t know they followed so early either. Had trouble seeing the first section, but was glued to the rest. Some great stuff, Chips. Man, if we could only get those crowds to vote.

  19. 49 GGail
    July 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Chipsticks, thank you very much for giving this treat to us! It brought back so many emotional memories of the journey to this day. I loved how warm people were to the Moneygall people. We are a great Nation of basically good people who just want a fair shake in life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This was Christmas in July! 😀

  20. 50 AnitaW
    July 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for posting this Chipsticks. So happy for the people of Moneygall. I hope the glow from this visit lasts a very long time. And, I hope the Obama family gets back to Ireland at some point.

  21. 51 Henry Healy
    July 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Hi Guys!

    Delighted you all enjoyed the documentary, we were followed by Ed Godsell since Super Tuesday 2008 he had over 50 Hours of fottage and it got compressed into 1 hour!! Chips your unreal, I love this site and didn’t expect to see this on it!! Is féidir linn!! (Yes We Can)

    • July 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Hey Henry, nice to see you here again. I’ve been following you on twitter, and saw that the show was on RTE, i immediately went to youtube to see if it was on, but i couldn’t find it. I should of known Chip would be on this lol. I’m so happy for the people of Moneygall. I’m glad it all went well, and that the President visit meant so much. Keep it going.

    • 53 GGail
      July 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Hello Henry, the documentary was simply WONDERFUL! Please let us know if/when it’s made into a DVD so we can purchase it. Be well. 🙂

    • July 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Hellooooooooo Henry! Thanks so much for visiting again, always thrilled to see you here. Absolutely loved the documentary, it really showed just how much incredible work you put in to it all – I’m sure there were some who just thought you made a few calls the week of the visit and that was it! You should be so proud of what you did for Moneygall, it’s just a truly uplifting story. Keep in touch Henry, we love hearing from you. Thanks again.

    • 55 AnitaW
      July 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Hey Henry,

      Tell your Aunt (the other Hayes pub) that she was simply wonderful in the documentary. I’m sorry she didn’t get to meet President Obama and Mrs. Obama, but maybe you will get to bring her to Washington for a visit. Hint, hint.

      Give our best to Stephen Neill and family.

    • 56 Anonymous
      July 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Henry! I watched the whole coverage of President Obama’s visit to Moneygall and I’ve got to say, that was the happiest I’ve seen him in a very long time! Thank you for making it all happen. You guys are incredible!

    • 57 meta
      July 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Henry, please give Julia a hug and tell her to hang in there for the next visit!!

    • 58 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Hello Henry, it’s great to have you back here again, and thanks so much for this wonderful documentary. Yes, we definitely can!

    • 59 lmrj
      July 22, 2011 at 12:48 am

      Hello Henry! Wonderful to have you dropping by TOD to comment. Absolutely LOVED the documentary. I couldn’t take the smile off my face the entire time watching. What a good job you did! Had no idea you had been following PBO since Super Tuesday 2008. What fortitude! Wishing the wonderful village of Monegall congratulations and continued success.

    • 60 theo67
      July 22, 2011 at 2:42 am

      Henry – thanks for all the hard work you put into making this trip wonderful for the President and Mrs Obama, the people of Moneygall, and the rest of us watching from so far away. Seeing all the behind-the-scenes preparation that went into this trip, it’s even more incredible and touching. What a wonderful walk down memory lane – I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching footage from that amazing trip.

      On another note – I hope your friend’s son’s operation went well and that he makes a full recovery.

    • 61 Betsy
      July 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

      You were terrific. You are alot like your cousin, especially the part where you wanted all the people in the village to have the chance to see the President. He’s like that too. You did a wonderful job. Thanks so much.

    • 62 Anonymous
      July 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Hello, cousin Henry! I had no idea you got to working on getting your cousin to come to Moneygall while he was just starting to run for the Democratic nomination. Well done! Loved the documentary and my husband makes documentaries for a living, so I know what I’m talking about! And you do have your cousin’s ears! Ha! Cute!!!

  22. 63 Titti
    July 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Hi Henry, hopefully there will be a part 2 – your visit to the WH! Can’t get enough of this, it just warms the ‘cockles’ of mi heart at the warmth of the people of Moneygall in the welcoming of the Os.

  23. 64 Sandy1110
    July 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    What a well put-together documentary. Henry’s a great organizer and quite a wit, too. Hopefully this WILL be released on DVD – it’s a lot of fun to re-watch. I don’t think it’ll ever get old for me.

  24. 65 Little Lulu
    July 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    OMG, chipsticks! This documentary brought back so many emotions. I was crying from one clip to the other! Wow! This should be licensed by OFA and shown on national TV just before the 2012 election. I could not love this president more. Seriously. He is an exceptional, spectacular human being and this just makes that all the more clear. Thanks for posting!!!

  25. 66 holymoly
    July 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Just got a chance to watch this now and i have to agree with who said this is a cool post. I was grinnning from hear to hear 🙂

  26. 67 Obamaperson
    July 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    To “Henry VIII”: Henry, I am an American whose maternal grandparents came from Ireland almost the same time as yours. I think they suffered poverty here as well after they came, but they stayed alive and now in this generation and the next there are a decent number of good upper middle-class success stories. I think they would have had them in Ireland as well except for the hard times then that probably threatened their ability to stay alive and feed their family.

    I enjoyed all the videos of you, your community, and of our President. I am enormously proud of our President. He took office at a time when the opposite party had run the country into enormous debt for a stupid war (Iraq), and tax cuts for the top 1/4 of 1%. And none were paid for by President Bush’s time in office. The payment was left to your eighth cousin, President Obama. And now, because he is not God, and can’t get the teabagger extremists to do even acknowledge that it was a debt largely run up on Republican time, he is having to use his superior intelligence and all his talents to make up for those very great asses in our country that we have to call Republicans, but basically they are a cult or a faction who wants what the government hands out, but hates the government and wishes to destroy it.

    My best wishes to Money gall, and to you, Henry. You really do have some of the President’s fine facial features, but you seem to have his good heart as well.

    I enjoyed the videos of Moneygall very much. If I come to Ireland again, I’ll come to Moneygall.

  27. 68 sjterrid
    July 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Hi Henry, thank you for all your hard work on organizing everything in Moneygall for the President’s visit. The Documentary was excellent.

  28. 69 Claire
    July 22, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Thank you Chipsticks and Henry. What a beautiful documentary. I was so touched watching it. Love the folks of Moneygall and our President!

  29. 70 Claire
    July 22, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Can the documentary be purchased on dvd?

  30. July 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

    OOOOHHHH, election day 2008 – it lasted well until after 5 a.m. on the 5th for me, before I could be sure it was called for Obama.

    I didn’t show up for work until lunchtime 🙂

  31. 73 auntydee
    July 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Hello Henry ,Do you have an address that we can send cards for the Neill family? I’d like to send a card to your aunt as well.Thank you so much for the wonderful reception that was given to our President.

  32. 76 CTGirl
    July 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    How beautiful a journey! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  33. 77 Dakota
    July 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Cousin Henry!

    Thanks for dropping in to see us again and thanks for the wonderful documentary. Peace and Blessings to you and the dear people of Moneygall.

  34. 78 Henr Healy
    July 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks again guys, love the fact you all enjoyed the documentary!! Julia hopefully will get to meet POTUS on his return visit!!! Cannon Neill’s son had surgery today and it seems to have been a sucess and thanks for all your concerns! You can follow Canon Neil on Twitter @paddyanglican and you will get updates from him there! I’m not sure if the documentary will be on DVD but if it becomes available I will let Chipsticks know & post it on my twitter @henryhealy! Is féidir linn!!

  35. 79 RosesforObama
    July 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Donna (post 19), I agree with You, Chipsticks really deserves something great for the work with her uplifting blog, I can imagine her together with BWD as directors of the coming President Obama Library – sometime beyond 2016..
    As well informed as President Barack Obama always seems to be, I am sure, he knows about “the Obama Diary”, specially since he has said, that positive feedback means a lot to him – unfortunately I have forgotten the context in which he said it.
    Yes, the documentary from Moneygall is just so heartwarming, thank You Chipsticks!
    Landslide for Obama/Biden 2012!

  36. 80 Anonymous
    July 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I so enjoyed your story Henry. I am so proud of the way you stayed the course. You are destined for bigger and greater things. I hope you keep us posted on Moneygall!
    Now for the moderator of this wonderful site. You are doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work.

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