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A police officer walks past a house painted in the colors of the U.S. flag in Moneygall, Ireland May 21, 2011.

Moneygall celebrates 4th of July

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A police officer walks past a house painted in the colors of the U.S. flag in Moneygall, Ireland May 21, 2011.

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.

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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."
 

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