Irish, US flags raised in Moneygall

Tuesday 17 May 2011 17.50
Moneygall - Village awaits US President's arrival
Moneygall - Village awaits US President's arrival

A hundred flags of Ireland and the United States have been raised this afternoon on the streets in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

Schoolchildren from the parish of Dunkerin and the villages of Cloughjordan and Moneygall helped to raise the flags simultaneously in a ceremony just after 2pm.

Canon Stephen Neill from Cloughjordan, who carried out the initial research into President Barack Obama's links with Moneygall, was on hand for the flag raising ceremony this afternoon.

He told RTÉ News he hoped the President’s visit would leave a lasting impression on the people of the community.

The flag poles are being flown approximately 9m apart on both sides of the street from one side of the village to the other.