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Obama's cousin gets into tune for inauguration

Eoghan MacConnell

Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00

Barack Obama's cousin Henry Healy has been practising his singing before the US presidential inauguration on Monday.

Mr Healy, an eighth cousin from Moneygall, Co Offaly, and local publican Ollie Hayes are jetting off to Washington DC.

Unlike the last inauguration, the pair have obtained priority seating this time. "We have secured tickets for the viewing area, so we will be able to get into the front of Capitol Hill," Mr Healy said.

The pair have a packed schedule, which includes invitations to the Irish American Democrats Ball, the Irish embassy, the official inaugural ball and media engagements.

One man who is hoping Mr Healy meets Mr Obama again is songwriter Brendan Keeley. He is teaching an anthem he wrote 'We Will be Strong' at 78 schools throughout the midlands.

Mr Keeley was joined by Mr Healy at Moneygall National School yesterday. He wrote the song to help raise the nation's spirits, he said, and Mr Healy hopes to present a copy to Mr Obama if their paths cross.

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