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Painting the town red with €7m 'plaza' for Obama

THE founder of fast food chain Supermac's is on the Money-gall as he plans to locate a €7m development in US President Barack Obama's 'ancestral' village.

Pat McDonagh is behind multi-million euro plans for the "travel plaza".

He will reveal details of his ambitious plan in the village on Monday.

Mr McDonagh hopes to build a petrol station, restaurant, convenience shop and amenity area adjacent to the M7 motorway.

He also plans to feature a commemorative plaque marking Mr Obama's visit in the travel plaza.

Moneygall was recently bypassed but the arrival of Mr Obama in May is set to attract an influx of visitors to the village, which lies on the border with Co Tipperary.

There are only a handful of businesses on Moneygall's main thoroughfare, Main Street, and Ollie Hayes's bar is usually the choice stop for tourists passing through to see Mr Obama's ancestral home.

The village is now on many Americans' wish lists ever since Mr Obama announced his decision to travel there.

Mr Obama's eighth cousin Henry Healy said preparations were "going well". As part of those plans, villagers held a meeting yesterday to discuss what colour they would like their houses painted.

Irish Independent