The US President is to be immortalised in the birthplace of his ancestors with the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, Co Offaly.
Around €6m is being invested in the plaza by Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh, to commemorate the visit by the President and his wife Michelle in 2011.
Facilities within the The Barack Obama Plaza will include a restaurant, convenience shop and fuel facilities and in addition will provide broadband connectivity free to visitors.
Pat McDonagh told the Offaly Independent that: “This is a most exciting time for both our business and the people of Moneygall. We’ve received highly positive support from the people of the area and are delighted to be in a position to include a community facility in the development. This will facilitate the growth of the area both economically and socially. Commemorating President Barack Obama’s visit and the strong connections between Moneygall and the US will be vital to both the local area and visitors.”
This is the single biggest investment on the Offaly/Tipperary border region in decades and will bring 60 new jobs to the area, as well as 75 jobs during the construction phase.