Hello to all my friends at The Obama Diary!
I hope you are keeping well.
We have great news in Moneygall! A visitor centre named after President Obama, which will focus on his ancestry, will open in two weeks’ time.
It will serve as a welcoming point into the ancestral home of the President and will tell the story of his Irish Ancestry and of that historic trip to Moneygall on 05/23/11 (3 years this Friday).
We will also highlight the other 21 American Presidents with Irish ancestry and many more famous Irish Americans. It will be an Oasis on the M7 Motorway, only 1.5 hours from Dublin.
This centre will be free to visit and I have been tasked with getting memorabilia for the area.
I was wondering if any of The Obama Diary’s followers would like to send us anything connected with President Obama, his 1st election, inauguration and the subsequent election and inauguration, that we could put on display in the centre?
If people are willing to share badges, bumper stickers, newspapers, election posters, etc, we would be delighted.
We understand people would like to keep these items, but maybe if they had duplicates – eg two copies of the same newspaper or magazine – they might consider sending them to me.
(Note from Chips: Anyone who would like to send items to Henry, just email me at TheObamaDiary@gmail.com and I will give you his address)
We want this to be an exciting location with lots for people to see, so hopefully the dedicated The Obama Diary contributors and followers can send something to us for our exhibitions – and when you visit Moneygall, we will ensure you all receive the warmest of welcomes!
Kind Regards to everyone at The Obama Diary, and many thanks,
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Henry Healy, the President’s distant cousin, after arriving in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama celebrates St. Patrick’s day at the Dubliner Irish pub in Washington, DC with Henry Healy, March 17, 2012
Henry Healy and Ollie Hayes at an inauguration event with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, VP Biden and Dr Jill Biden, 2013 (Photo courtesy of Ollie Hayes)
I ♥ Henry Healy, and I’m always chuffed when he gets in touch, not just because he’s the President’s cousin and is always very kind about and supportive of our little blog, but because he’s a very, very lovely man.
But. It hurt a little that he didn’t make a specific request for copies of any of my photos from the 2009 Inauguration for the Moneygall Visitor Center, eg
My Souza-esque Close-Up of the President at the ‘We Are One’ Concert ->
The Loos ->
The Horse Poo ->
More Loos ->
Even More Loos ->
And My View of DC At The End of Inauguration Day ->
Maybe Henry thought I’d charge too much for the images – no worries, I’ll send them to him for free, and look forward to seeing them take pride of place at the Barack Obama Plaza Visitor Center.
Any way, if you could help Henry out, that would be wonderful!
Comment left by Henry Healy
“Thanks Chips for sharing my request! Any item big or small would be most welcome!! I would love to get those photos Chips they could be very well served in the restrooms 😜!”
@TheObamaDiary I was more positioning them than dissing them!! Ha
— Henry Healy (@henryhealy) May 20, 2014