President Obama Irish Ancestral home
Moneygall is a small village on the border of counties Offaly and North Tipperary, in Ireland. It is situated on the R445 road between Dublin and Limerick. It has a population of approximately 298. It has become famous after the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
President Obama’s late mother Ann Dunham was a descendant of Fulmouth Kearney, a shoemaker who left Moneygall for New York in 1850. Barack Obama is the great-great grandson of Fulmouth Kearney’s youngest daughter, Mary Ann. Fulmouth Kearney birthplace is just yards away from Ollie Hayes’s Bar on Main Street, Moneygall.
On May 23rd 2011 President Obama’s with the First Lady Michelle visited Moneygall to see his ancestral home while on a State visit to Ireland. At the beginning of their visit on Main Street President Obama meet his 8th Cousin Henry Healy with other dignitaries. During the course of the visit The First Lady purchased some native pottery in An Siopa Beag, they dropped into Ollie’s Bar to meet Canon Stephan Neill, who informed the President about information on his ancestors contained in the Parish Records. While in Ollie’s Bar President Obama purchased and sampled a pint of stout. President Obama paid for his pint with a 50€ note and told the barman to keep the change. They finished their visit by walking down Main Street to meet the villagers and visitors who came to greet and welcome them both to Moneygall.
Whether walking cycling or by car there are lots of things to see and do in Moneygall and the surrounding areas of Dunkerrin and Barna.
The house has been leased it out to Moneygall Development Association for a visitor attraction to tourists to follow in the footsteps of President Obama and return to the Ancestral Home.
No Entry Fee to the Ancestral Home.
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00 & 13:30 – 16:00
Also in development on a site in the village known locally as Kearney’s garden is a state of the art activity park.
This activity park will be opened in summer 2013.