Many laughed at the audacity of the idea and others were deeply skeptical.
Moneygall said 'Yes we can.'
No one is laughing any more.
The president is coming on Monday and I have seen for myself a dream come through.
Jaded journalist that I am sometimes comes a story that lifts the spirit, a tale of the little village that could.
This is one.
It starts about four miles outside Moneygall where the south-bound N7 highway suddenly narrows to one lane and traffic cones cordon off the only exit.
Obama is coming to town.
A little further down we pass a brand new exit, especially built for Obama and his security detail.
We turn around and take the North-bound exit, the only way to approach Moneygall.
Two new stores have opened in Moneygall in the past few weeks, a souvenir shop and a T shirt shop and the Obama coffee shop will open shortly.