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Garda station open all hours as villagers vetted

VILLAGERS in Barack Obama's ancestral home have expressed delight to see their local garda station open around the clock.

Moneygall garda station in Co Offaly usually only opens occasionally, but this has changed ahead of the visit of the US president.

People living in the area have never seen as many gardai in the village as vetting forms are delivered to households this week.

Yesterday, men and women rushed to the station to deliver their completed forms to say they will be staying in the village on May 22 to 23. Among those who turned up was 12-year-old Rachel Donovan, whose father John owns the Kearney homestead on Main Street.

Rachel left her family's forms to the station -- with a little help from her pony, Ruby, and sheepdog, Jamie.

"I'm very excited about the president coming," she told the Irish Independent. "Not everyone in school lives in the village but I'm glad I do."

People living in the centre of Moneygall, which has a population of around 350, were asked about who will be staying in their house during May 22 to 23 and also had to give details of how long they have been living in the village.

Irish Independent