The tiny village of Moneygall was this Wednesday preparing for the biggest day in its history as the final touches were being put to preparations for the visit of US President Barack Obama next Monday.
Over the past few weeks, the village of 600 people has received a massive facelift for the return of its most famous son, and this Tuesday, the flags and flowers were being roled out in his honour.
“Everybody is really excited about the visit,” President Obama’s eight cousin Henry Healy told the Tipperary Star.
“Tt’s all sort of crazy. There is a huge media presence here and we have had a lot of American visitors.”
He said that the village would be fully prepared for the advance team from the US embassy this Tuesday, and if they wanted to change anything, they could, but, Moneygall was happy with the way things were laid out.
While Mr Healy couldn’t reveal who will or will not get to meet President Obama, he said that he had received assurances that all local people will be catered for.
“Everybody will be involved and everyone will be included,” he said.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star