Just two weeks after US President Barack Obama visited, the small village of Moneygall, County Offaly, has announced plans to release a commemorative book on Independence Day, July 4th.
“Is féidir linn - A golden ticket to Moneygall” has been put together by journalist Eimear Ni Bhraonain, Obama’s eight-cousin and local Henry Healy along with iconic images snapped by Jeff Harvey. Is feidir linn is Gaelic for ‘Yes We Can.’
The invitation to the launch event says “Moneygall is the Irish village that captured the hearts of people all over the world.
“Henry "The Eighth Cousin" Healy inspired his community to get behind a little known senator in 2007. Today, Barack Obama and Moneygall are no longer the underdogs.”
Moneygall and Henry are now on the map. In fact Healy has been given a role by Tourism Ireland as the face of Ireland promoting the country and Moneygall abroad. Rev Stephen Canon, who did the research into Obama’s links to the village, and Healy are given credit for orchestrating Obama’s visit.
Ni Bhraonain and Harvey were there on the day documenting and photographing every step Obama took in the town. In fact Ni Bhraonain rented an apartment on the Main Street of the village in advance and moved in especially for the occasion.
The invite continues “We were there to capture tears, sweat and laughter as villagers prepared for the homecoming of the US President.
This book is everyone's golden ticket to Moneygall because the world deserves to see how an 'Is féidir linn' [Yes We Can] attitude can transform lives for the better.”
“Is feidir linn” will be launched, significantly on US Independence Day, in Ollie Hayes’ pub where Obama stopped to have a pint of Guinness.
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