Five ways Moneygall is welcoming Obama 'home' to Ireland
President Obama put the little town of Moneygall, Ireland, with its population of approximately 300, on the map today. Here are some highlights of the town's preparation (and gimmicks) for Obama's visit.
Primp and prep
In preparation for Obama’s visit, the town spruced up. Homes and shops along the main street are freshly painted – with 3,500 liters’ worth – and draped with American and Irish flags. The town’s potholes have been filled and new sidewalks have been laid. AP reports that even the altar of the town’s Catholic church is covered in red, white, and blue bunting.