Bronze bust of Barack Obama to be unveiled in Offaly

It will be located in Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall

Bronze bust of Barack Obama to be unveiled in Offaly

Barack Obama at College Green, Dublin in 2011| Image:

A bronze bust of US President Barack Obama is to be unveiled in Co Offaly today.

The US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley will reveal the specially commissioned piece at Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall.

It will be located in the Visitor Centre on the 1st floor of the plaza.

Mr Obama's roots in Ireland go back to 1850, when 19-year-old Falmouth Kearney left Moneygall to begin a new life in the United States.

Falmouth Kearney married Charlotte Holloway and the couple - along with several children - lived in Deerfield, Ohio.

A plaque commemorate Barack Obama's visit to Moneygall, Co Offaly | Image:

Charlotte Kearney died in 1877, and Falmouth Kearney died the following year.

They were survived by five daughters and at least three sons.

Barack Obama is the great-great grandson of Falmouth Kearney's youngest daughter, Mary Ann.

Mr Obama also visited his ancestral home during his visit to Ireland in 2011.