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Stars and wipes: Villagers embark on mass spring clean for Obama’s visit to Irish ancestoral home
A small Irish village is pulling out all the stops and making sure it’s spotless in anticipation of one of its most famous sons.
Moneygall in County Offaly is getting a facelift, as the rural village prepares to welcome the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama, next month.
The impending visit
Houses on the main street are being cleaned with power-hoses. Gardens are being tidied, new flowers are being planted.
Every house is being made to look its best, in preparation for the visit, which is likely to take place on Monday 23 May.
One of the villagers, Henry Healy, is the eighth cousin of Obama. He said: ‘At first it felt almost surreal but now it’s becoming very real. ‘He’s coming to Moneygall, he’s coming to my home town and I’m hopeful reality will really kick in if I’m privileged to meet the man and shake his hand. ‘You have to pinch yourself. I got a bit taken aback when I saw the CIA here two weeks ago. ‘I can only imagine what my reaction will be when the man himself actually lands here in the village.’