Moneygall celebrates 4th of July
Memory of tiny town's day in the sun still shines
It's just been six weeks since President Barack Obama and his wife visited his ancestral home in the sleepy hamlet of Moneygall in County Offaly, but the memory still burns bright for the locals.
This weekend the tiny Irish village is hosting a four day festival to celebrate American Independence Day on Monday, July 4.
Although they won't receive a return visit by Barack and Michelle Obama, Barack Obama impersonator Aaron Heffernan is due to arrive by helicopter.
Moneygall emigrant thrilled by Obama's visit to native village
Maureen Dowd writes on Obama mania in Moneygall
Obama’s ancestral home Moneygall still abuzz after visit
The July 4th celebrations are the brainchild of the Moneygall Development Association, who want to keep the spotlight on the village to improve its economic profile.
"The idea is if the organizing committee can bring in more business it keeps Moneygall alive," Barack Obama's eighth cousin Henry Healy told the Offaly Independent. "That's what it's all about."
"Everything is falling into place. I don't think we'll ever be able to replicate the President but we'll try and keep the association alive."
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Nelson Mandela once considered a terrorist...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Bono, Gerry Adams, President Higgins all...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
Neglecting the hungry and aborting babies is also sinful, olovely if you were wondering.An open letter in strong defence of capitalism to Pope Francis
IC has screwed up again. Sorry Dompedro but that is my comment on Dec10,2013,0146 pm est. I wish that IC could correct these mistakes.Shirley MacLaine and Billy Joel among John F. Kennedy Center honorees
It is disgraceful that they haven't given the Kennedy Center award to true entertainment legends like Maureen O'Hara or Mickey Rooney. What are theyIrish drugs mule to escape full trial and benefit from early release in Peru
I think it's a riot that a girl who is accused of drug smuggling is still wearing her hair in a huge bun. You can't make this stuff up.