SUCH was the excitement that surrounded the visit of former US president Bil Clinton to Lisselton in 1998 that one local woman has launched a campaign to get him back.
Noelle Hegarty is hoping to invite the former president to north Kerry as part of next year's Gathering celebrations, and is looking to people in Ballydonoghue, Ballybunion and Listowel to come on board and support her bid.
"This would be a massive occasion for north Kerry and we should certainly all get together and invite him back," Noelle said. "When he came to Ballybunion in 1998 he absolutely loved it and there was an amazing buzz around the place when he stopped in Lisselton en route and chatted with everyone and popped into the pub. I was hoping that we could get him back to coincide with the Gathering and it would be a huge celebration for the entire north Kerry area."
Noelle explained that she and those involved with the Ballydonoghue/Lisselton Parish magazine are hoping to send the invitation in November - when the annual magazine is published.
Bill Clinton's previous visit to Lisselton has been immortalised in a memorial plaque in the village, which was officially unveiled by the the US ambassador to Ireland, Michael O'Sullivan, in April 1999.