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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Obama's Roots Traced To Moneygall, Ireland

MONEYGALL, Ireland -- Here they call him O'Bama.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama, a Democratic candidate for president in 2008, is the talk of this 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 the United States in 1850, when he was 19.

Megan Smolenyak, chief family historian for Ancestry.com, an online repository of family history records, said that although no single "smoking gun" document was found, there are about 20 different records that when pieced together make her "absolutely certain" of Obama's Moneygall roots.

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."

In Moneygall there is already talk here of a need for a coffee shop to cater to the curious who might stop by.