Irish Home of Prez's Ancestor Has O'Bama Fever

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 3:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Moneygall, Ireland, has two pubs, 298 people, and happens to be the birthplace of Barack Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fact is not lost on the quaint hamlet, where one pub flies an American flag and the plumbing supply company uses the president’s face in its ads. “There’s a definitive blood link between our family and Barack Obama,” said one eighth cousin.

“The resemblance is uncanny,” his friend quipped. Moneygall’s enthusiasm for Obama caught the eye of media outlets, and the town was swamped with satellite trucks during November’s election. And residents have more to look forward to. Not only is an Obama heritage center planned, but the man himself has pledged to travel to his long-lost home and raise a pint.