The First “Black Irish” President of the United States of America

 

Well, that way-too-long Presidential campaign is finally over, and

America has elected its first African-American President:

Barack Obama

During the campaign, some of you might have heard the amusing news reports that he is distantly related to Vice President Dick Cheney.  It’s true…Barack Obama has Irish ancestry.  His great great great grandfather was an Irishman from County Offaly named Falmouth Kearney.

Falmouth Kearney was born about 1830 in Moneygall, Ireland.  He immigrated to the USA onboard the ship Marmion on March 20, 1850, along with his sister Margaret and her husband William Cleary.  Falmouth Kearney was listed in the 1850 census of Wayne, Fayette County, Ohio, where he was enumerated with his aunt and uncle, William and Alice Carney (Kearney), along with his sister Margaret and her husband William Cleary.  Falmouth Kearney married Charlotte Holloway sometime between 1850 and 1853.  In the 1860 census of Deerfield, Ross County, Ohio they are enumerated as living next to Charlotte’s brother, Joseph Holloway.  By the 1870 Census, the couple was living in Jefferson, Tipton County, Indiana. Falmouth and Charlotte had eight children. Their daughter Mary Ann Kearney was Barack Obama’s great great grandmother.

Obama also has McCurry ancestors from Ireland.

See Barack Obama’s entire genealogy: CLICK HERE

 

Excerpt from a May 13, 2007 Washington Post article:

MONEYGALL, Ireland — Here they call him O’Bama.

Sen. Barack Obama is the talk of this tiny village because recently unearthed records indicate that he is a son of Moneygall. Stephen Neill, a local Anglican rector, said church documents he has found, along with census, immigration and other records tracked down by U.S. genealogists, appear to show that Obama’s great-great-great-grandfather, Fulmuth Kearney, was reared in Moneygall, then left for America in 1850, when he was 19. While neither Obama nor his campaign has confirmed the connection, it has created a buzz in Moneygall, which has one stoplight, two pubs and a population of 298. "Sure, it’s great!" said Henry Healy, 22, a villager who said family records indicate he is distantly related to Obama. Like many Moneygall residents, he is suddenly following the U.S. presidential race more closely and rooting for his kinsman. "It would be brilliant if he won because for one thing, he is related to me, and also it would be good for the village."

 

Video from Moneygall Ireland after the Iowa Caucuses:

       

 

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