A local man in President Obama's ancestral home, of the village of Moneygall, County Offaly, has shown his excitement about the upcoming State visit by painting his home with the stars and stripes.
A Tipperary man, Jason Austin, is the owner of the house, round the corner from Ollie Hayes' bar but does not live there. He painted one with the U.S. flag and the other with the Irish tricolor.
On Wednesday, Henry Healy, the eight cousin of Obama, told the Belfast Telegraph "You can always rely on Jason to be colorful".
The Midland Record reported that the village is a buzz with people revamping their buildings and preparing as visitors have already begun to arrive. Already a group of lawyers from Chicago, who had connections of President Obama, visited the village last week, as well as the CIA and security personnel who are readying the town for the State visit.
President Obama is set to visit Moneygall on Monday May 23.