Sunday 28 May 2017

President's cousin gets hands dirty for village spring clean

Ireland visit: US President Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images
Ireland visit: US President Barack Obama. Photo: Getty Images

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

BARACK Obama's distant Irish cousin yesterday got his hands dirty to help clean up for the US president's historic visit to his 'ancestral' village.

Henry Healy -- an eighth cousin of Mr Obama -- rolled up his sleeves with other Moneygall residents and picked up litter.

About 70 people in the tiny village, which has a population of 320, were on the streets and approach roads as part of the spring clean.

Mr Healy had contacted An Taisce as he wanted Moneygall to take part in the National Spring Clean Initiative. The agency sent gloves, litter pickers and plastic bags to the village.

"We had so many people turn up to help that we ran out of gloves and bags; and a local company helped us out and people brought their own black sacks," Mr Healy said.

"Walking along the main road into Moneygall, there's a lot of rubbish you don't see. We even picked up TVs and fax machines."

RTE filmed the clean-up for Diarmuid Gavin's new series 'Dirty Old Towns'.

Mr Obama's itinerary has not yet been released.

Irish Independent

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