AMERICAN President Barack Obama will visit his ancestral home in Offaly this summer as part of an official visit to Ireland this summer.
An official date for the visit has yet to be set but the long awaited visit was confirmed during Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to the White House on St Patrick’s Day.
Barack Obama’s Irish heritage stems from the son a shoemaker who hailed from Moneygall before emigrating to the US.
Fulmuth Kearney, Barack Obama’s great-great-great grandfather, was 19 when he emigrated in 1850 to escape the Famine, making Barack Obama just over 3% an Offalian. Falmouth married, had eight children, and eventually moved to Indiana.
Speaking in the Oval Office yesterday, President Obama singled out the Offaly village for special mention when speaking about his impending visit.
“I’m expecting to go not only to all the famous sites, but also to Moneygall,” he commented.
It is understood that the White House began to plan for a Presidential visit to Ireland in January.