Barack Has The Craic In His Ancestor’s Home Place

LONG after US President Barack and his wife, Michelle, had left Moneygall this Monday, the tiny village was still celebrating the visit of its most famous son.

LONG after US President Barack and his wife, Michelle, had left Moneygall this Monday, the tiny village was still celebrating the visit of its most famous son.

With the US Secret Service gone and the massive security blanket lifted, the locals relaxed to enjoy a day that will be talked about for generations to come.

On a blustery evening and with the wind literally at their backs, the people of Moneygall and surrounding areas reflected on a day of history.

Out on the Main Street, Margaret Cleary, Dunkerrin, described the day as “amazing,” and said that Michelle Obama looked “wonderful” as America’s first family worked the crowd during an unscheduled and extensive walkabout.

Her young friend, Leanne O’Brien from Moneygall, simply said that the day had been “great”, and revealed that her class had done some homework on the visit through a school project.

Meanwhile, Pat Cusack from Killaloe said that he came to Moneygall after the event to join in the atmosphere and “to be here on the day”.

The three Nesbitt sisters, Aoife (Flaherty), Maeve (O’Hair) and Emer Nesbitt from Loughmore were reveling in it all, with Aoife, saying that the day had been great for the village.

Emer said that she had not been so excited since the Pope visited in 1979.

Full round-up of Obama visit and pictures in this week’s Tipperary Star.