Thursday 30 October 2014

Rush to finish ‘Barack Obama Plaza’ in €7 million rest stop development

Published 28/05/2014 | 15:37

The rush is on to finish work on the ‘Barack Obama Plaza’ ahead of its opening this Friday.

One Twitter user snapped these pictures of the official signpost being erected on the site in Moneygall yesterday morning.

The rest stop is located off the M7 at Junction 23 between Dublin and Limerick.

The station, that will open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will include Ireland’s largest Supermacs as well as a shop, fuel facilities and free wifi.

On top of the 60 new jobs that have been created by the development, the €7 million project is also expected to bring in more tourists and visitors to the area.

The Barack Obama Community Facility will be incorporated in the service station.

It is set to house displays of both historic and current material marking the significance of Moneygall as the birthplace of the ancestors of the current President of the United States.

“The museum is an exciting prospect,” said Henry Healy, a distant relative of President Obama.

“It will enrich the experience for visitors and hopefully it will entice them to come into the village to visit us when they stop off,” he said.

The US President visited Moneygall in 2011 after a local historian discovered a link between the small town and his ancestors.

This petrol station will be the latest addition to a list of things named after the 44th President of the United States, that includes everything from schools, to a fungus, to a spider.

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