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From Moneygall to the White House is an exciting exhibition that tells the story of how an Irish emigrant departed a small village in Co Offaly in 1851 in search of a better life. Little did Moneygall know that Falmouth Kearney the local shoemaker’s son would become the 3rd Great Grandfather to US President Barack Obama. The Story is similar for so many with Irish ancestry and the exhibition tells the story of the Great Hunger and how it caused a mass of Irish to leave Irish soil. The Irish Famine is one of the reasons that we have over 70 million people across the globe with Irish Ancestry.

Of the 70 million nearly 40 are living in the United States and with such a volume of Irish Americans it was inevitable that they would have influence in America. This influence was in the shape of signatories to the declaration of independence to holding the highest office in the free world.

The exhibition highlights that half of the US Presidents have Irish ancestry and most famous of all is John F Kennedy who made that return journey home to Wexford in 1963, we highlight the ancestry of Ronald Regan who in 1984 returned to Co Tipperary to explore his roots. Bill Clinton is another US President, who is held in great esteem becuase of his inlfluence in Northern Ireland and we focus on his connections to Ireland. We finally highlight President Obama, his Irish Ancestry and the return to his ancestral village here in Moneygall.

Our exhibition also focuses on the shamrock and how the symbol of Ireland and St Patrick became an important tool is US Irish relations.

Moneygall offers visitors a chance to see the ancestral home of Barack Obama, to visit local business and a chance for children to play in the activity park or take a scenic walk around the ‘Rock of Loyer’ walking loop.

Guided tours can also be arranged at the nearby Cloncannon Bio Farm which can complement various educational itineraries. Not only that but The Plaza is only a 10 minute drive to Cloughjordan the home of 1916 Easter Rising Leader Thomas McDonagh!

By choosing us as your stop over it will be a fun filled and educational trip for all.

We look forward to seeing you here at The Barack Obama Plaza.

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