President “O’Bama” Visits Irish Ancestors’ Hometown

President “O’Bama” Visits Irish Ancestors’ Hometown

You've probably heard about President Obama’s big visit this week to Ireland, which will include a stop in Moneygall, County Offaly, where his third-great-grandfather was born in 1830. Fulmoth Kearney (“Falmoth Cainey” on his passenger list), age 19, arrived in New York March 20, 1850. This Irish Times article explains...

You’ve probably heard about President Obama’s big visit this week to Ireland, which will include a stop in Moneygall, County Offaly, where his third-great-grandfather was born in 1830.

Fulmoth Kearney (“Falmoth Cainey” on his passenger list), age 19, arrived in New York March 20, 1850.

This Irish Times article explains how the connection was made to Obama’s Irish roots through professional researchers in the United States and local church officials in Ireland.

There’s even a song about the president’s ancestry: “There’s No One As Irish As Barack O’Bama” by Ireland’s Corrigan Brothers.

The song is the soundtrack for a documentary called Barack Obama’s Irish Roots, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. You can see a promo clip here.

You can get Irish genealogy tips from the articles in Family Tree Magazine‘s Irish Research Toolkit or download our $4 Irish Genealogy Guide.

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