Henry Healy, Obama’s 8th Cousin Discusses The Former President’s Impact on the Town

Written 2 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly


At 5 o’ clock this evening Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Obama will be remembered for many reasons all over the world but here in the Midlands it will be for his roots in Offaly.

In a feature on Midlands Today, Midlands 103 reporter James Mulhall spoke to the local people in Moneygall about his visit and the legacy he has left behind.

“My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe I lost along the way”.

His roots go back to 1851; his 8th cousin Henry Healy calls him an “inspirational politician that was the envy of the world”.  Healy goes on to say that the town were always “eager, ambitious and determined” to get the Obamas to Moneygall.  They fed Obama’s interest in his Irish ancestors.

Healy mentions that when the President visited he was generous with his time shaking people’s hands and greeting the locals.  He goes on to say that Obama felt the warmth of rural Ireland that many people were nervous it wouldn’t stand up to the mark compared to Dublin.

Henry Healy with Barack Obama

Today marks Obamas last day in office, his legacy and impact will live on forever especially for the people of Moneygall.

Is Féidir Linn Midlands!

Listen to Healy’s interview below: