Pity the poor Irish Garda police officer today who had this to say as he guarded the approach road to President Obama's ancestral home in the village of Moneygal, County Offaly which was the home of his great-great-great grandfather on his mother’s side.
"I haven't been home for a week, in between this and the Queen. And it's raining again."
Left : Obama with his present of a hurley stick. ( Well, times are hard.)
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U.S. and Irish genealogists have detected several other distant Irish cousins of Obama living in Ireland and England, including Dick Benn and Ton Donovan, whose families live just across the border in County Tipperary and have farmed the same land for 2 1/2 centuries.
They're all descendants of Falmouth Kearney, one of Obama's great-great-great grandfathers on his Kansas mother's side. Kearney, a shoemaker, emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1850 at age 19, at the height of the Great Famine.