Obama Gets In Touch With His Irish Roots
For a guy who once had trouble talking his way into Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, Obama was certainly welcomed to Ireland like a favorite son. An estimated 25,000 people braved off-and-on rain to fill the College Green in Dublin on Monday evening for his outdoor speech.
The president introduced himself, even though the crowd was already chanting his name. “My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way,” he said.
Moneygall is the tiny town in County Offaly that gave birth to the president’s Irish ancestor, Falmouth Kearney, the grandfather of his maternal grandfather. Obama paid a visit to Moneygall on Monday, and even though the population of the village is fewer than 300, it seemed as if 10 times that many people were lining the main street to greet him. (Scott Horsley, NPR)
(Photo: Irish Government - Pool / Getty Images)