Ireland toasted the inauguration of Barack Obama as US president tonight with whiskey, bread and even a radio station renamed in his honour.

Distant relatives gathered in Moneygall, Co Offaly, where Mr Obama's ancestors lived in the 1800s, while Democratic Party faithful living in Ireland threw a bash in Dublin.

While Mr Obama prepares for his first hours in office, staff at the Cooley Distillery in north Co Louth are already preparing for his last day in the White House.

Today an American wood cask has been filled with a special blend malt whiskey which will be put in storage to mature before being given to the US President-elect when he eventually leaves the White House.

Already hundreds of bottles of the distillery's Tyrconnell blend have been sent to the Democratic Party for their celebrations tonight.

The whiskey has been specially bottled and labelled to mark the occasion.

Not to be outdone, breadmaker Pat the Baker produced special batches of its barmbrack - an Irish fruit bread - and renamed it BarrackBrack.

Oliver Durkin, brand manager with the company, said the batches were delivered to the US embassy in Dublin as well as to shops and supermarkets around the country.

Regional radio station i105-107FM, based in the midlands where plans are being discussed to turn Mr Obama's Irish ancestral homestead into a museum, changed its name to Obama FM to mark the inauguration.

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