In our little pocket of the country yesterday, there was great excitement and anticipation waiting for the President of the United States, Barack Obama to arrive in Moneygall - his ancestral homeland. Moneygall is literally 15 minutes down the road from us but unfortunately we did not have tickets to be there for his actual visit so we drove down in the evening to revel in the buzz. Above, he and Michelle enjoy a pint in Ollie Hayes's pub.
It had been raining on and off all day but as we entered Moneygall last night at about 7:30- a rainbow rose over the village.
Streets are lined with American and Irish flags and the village has been given a fresh lick of paint and looked spectacular.
These hills behind the village looked beautiful in the evening light. A far cry from the motorcade and screaming fans.
I loved this house with the flags in the windows. The streets were lined with people (even though you don't see them in my shots) there was a wonderful positive buzz in the air. Long may it continue - Ireland needs a boost of optimism. Obama's speech in Dublin after he left Moneygall was particularly inspiring and I hope that the Irish take his message on board and fill themselves with that American "Can Do" attitude.
Here are my husband James and daughter Sophia in front of the house that sits just off the main street and has been widely photographed over recent weeks.
It is well worth visiting Moneygall if you are in the vicinity- it's located just off the M7 motorway and there is now a craft shop with plenty of Obama memorabilia, cafe and of course two pubs. Ollie Hayes was jammers with people revelling in the moment and back in 2008, James and I enjoyed a pint in their on the eve of his election.