Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

President Barack Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, left Ireland in 1850. He was following in the footsteps of family members who had departed for the United States as far back as the late 1700s and who, as described by Steve MacDonogh (the late author), were highly representative of the people who developed the frontier regions of the US.

Destined for Ohio where a relative had left property in his name he later married, had 10 children, and settled in Indiana where he worked as a farmer. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was a descendant of one of Kearney’s daughters, Mary Ann Kearney, and Jacob William Dunham.
Barack Obama
Now, some 161 years later, Barack is returning for a visit in May of this year that will take him to his ancestral home in Moneygall, a village of approximately 300 people in County Offaly, and possibly also to Shinrone – the townland with the earliest recorded connection to his Irish ancestors.

There’s sure to be a warm welcome and it’ll be interesting to see in which of the two Moneygall bars (it’s a small place!) he has a drop of the black stuff. Not to worry about ‘drinking on the job’ either, you’re allowed a moment here! :-)

Looking forward to your visit sir, céad míle fáilte.

Live update! Slainte sir, and some truly amazing scenes from Moneygall – wonderful to see.

And the speeches in Dublin…

plus the White House pics…



Good Things Come To Those Who Wait — 3 Comments

  1. Cead mile failte Mr Obama! I am sure he will be made to feel very welcome and it is great that he is visiting Ireland in these challenging economic times.

    IMHO this visit will do wonders for the morale of the Ireland and itś diaspora.The visit will probably also mark the unofficial start of the US Presidential campaign in 2012 so should probably receive a lot of international coverage.

    Diaspora. stars may be interested to note the following initiatives. : The South East Galway diaspora project". (a pilot programme) "Ireland reaching out" (a DFA prgramme) both of which can be "googled" easily .Sorry I am no good at loading links.

  2. Continued:

    I first heard about the “South East Galway Diaspora Project” and” Ireland Reaching Out” via an article by David McWilliams in the Irish Independent on October 27th 2010 (can be easily “googled”) and over the last two weeks from a DFA circular.

    If Diaspora stars also want to get further background on the genesis of the South East Galway project ,which may eventually be replicated througout the whole Island, there is also a very good (IMHO) article in the Clare Champion by Nicola Corless (just “google” Clare Champion Nicola Corless south East Galway diaspora project).

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