Five ways Moneygall is welcoming Obama 'home' to Ireland
President Barack Obama put the little town of Moneygall, Ireland, with its population of approximately 300, on the map today. A local religious leader discovered Obamaâ€™s roots could be traced to a great-great-great grandfather believed to have been baptized at his church there. Mr. Obamaâ€™s visit today sent the town into a flurry of preparation (and gimmicks) in honor of its famous â€śsonâ€ť â€“ arguably the most powerful man in the world. Here are some highlights of that prep:
Back to roots
Moneygallâ€™s Protestant minister Canon Stephen Neill was the one who made the connection between Obama and his ancestor Falmouth Kearney, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Kearney was baptized in a nearby church in the now mostly Catholic area. An American genealogist following the Obama family tree called Minister Neill in 2007, who then delved into the townâ€™s birth and baptism records. Mr. Neill estimates that Obama is 5 percent Irish. Thatâ€™s â€śenough,â€ť he says to celebrate him: When Obama won the 2008 election, the town held an all-night party in the local pub.
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