Wednesday 20 November 2019

US President will parade up Main Street to bar

PRESIDENT Barack Obama will land at Moneygall GAA field this afternoon.

He will be whisked by car to the nearby M7 motorway and driven along a short stretch of the route.

A new ramp road has been constructed so Mr Obama can leave the motorway and be driven directly on to the Cloughjordan Road.

He will be taken along this road where flag poles have been fitted with stars and stripes and tricolours to mark his arrival.

The US president will enter Moneygall Main Street from the Nenagh side of the village, turning left off the Cloughjordan Road.

He will pass by the ancestral home where two gardai have been on duty 24/7.

Mr Obama will be paraded up Main Street before being whisked into Ollie Hayes's bar. It's not known if he will meet ancestral home owner John Donovan in Ollie's or in Donovan's shop.

A total of 3,500 people will be in the village to greet Mr Obama.

The majority of these people are from the parish of Moneygall.

Everyone will have to stand for a number of hours to await the president's arrival.

The right-hand side of Main Street (from Nenagh Road direction) will be completely closed off.

All villagers will have to leave their houses on that side and stand on the pavement on the opposite side of the road.

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