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Sunday 18 March 2018

Digging deep for Obama in his ancestral land

Fiach Kelly

A GROUP of more than 50 Irish-based supporters of US President Barack Obama turned out for a special Dublin fundraiser for his re-election campaign yesterday.

The event was organised by Moira Shipsey, a Dublin-based solicitor who originally hails from Worcester, Massachusetts.

It was held in the Dalkey home of Mrs Shipsey and her husband, barrister Bill Shipsey, and was aimed at allowing Irish-based Democratic supporters to throw their weight behind the Obama campaign.

There was a minimum donation of €115 ($150), and a maximum limit of €1,930 ($2,500), the most allowed under US election rules.

Mrs Shipsey said around 60 people attended. Among them were the band 'The Corrigans', as well as Henry Healy, Mr Obama's eighth cousin, and publican Ollie Hayes from Moneygall, Co Offaly, the president's ancestral home.

"It was drinks, music, fundraising and registering people to vote," said Mrs Shipsey.

Meanwhile, the National Roads Authority has given the green light for the installation of road signs on both sides of the M7 motorway showing the location of Mr Obama's ancestral home in Moneygall.

Irish Independent

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