Sunday 15 September 2019

Bust of Barack Obama to be unveiled in Moneygall

Photo: Fergal Shanahan photography
Photo: Fergal Shanahan photography
U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters
Ednda kenny at Barrack Obama Plaza

A bronze bust of US President Barack Obama is to be unveiled in Moneygall, Offaly today

The bust will be unveiled by US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley in the Barack Obama Plaza after his trip to the Ploughing Championships. The piece was commissioned by Supermacs owner Pat McDonagh.

President Obama is the great-great-great grandson of Falmouth Kearney, who left Moneygall in 1850 at the age of 19. He married Charlotte Holloway and lived in Deerfield, Ohio with several children.

“We tell the story of the Irish in America, and especially our influence on the Presidency. Of the 44 American Presidents, 22 have Irish ancestry,” Henry Healy, site manager at the plaza and Obama’s eighth cousin and closest Irish relative, told

The exhibition focuses on the four Presidents with strong Irish roots: Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and John F Kennedy. They already have a bronze bust of JFK, though it’s unclear whether they plan to complete the set.

The centre also displays the pint glass Michelle Obama used to learn to pull a pint of Guinness in 2011 - and she did a pretty good job, too.

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