The forthcoming visit to Ireland by American President Barack Obama has transformed the appearance of a small Irish village.I guess between now and then that means a solid month of fundraising before he goes on vacation. Naturally, there will be golf involved.
Moneygall in County Offaly is awash with paint, as the rural village prepares to welcome the most powerful man in the world in May.
President Obama's great, great, great grandfather came from Moneygall and the president plans to set foot in his ancestral home during his two-day visit to Ireland.
To ensure the presidential feet are made as comfortable as possible, the pavements are being dug up, re-laid and smoothed over. It is just one of many improvements being made.
Houses on the main street are being cleaned with power-hoses. Gardens are being tidied, new flowers are being planted.
The air in Moneygall is filled with the smell of paint. It seems like every spare brush in County Offaly is being used.
Every house is being made to look its best, in preparation for the visit, which is likely to take place on Monday 23 May.
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