There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’bama … something for the weekend

Corrigan Brothers / Obama Moneygall imageThe Corrigan Brothers generated a lot of publicity – including an appearance on Andrew Marr’s Sunday morning show – with their O’bama ditty which they ended up performing during the inauguration festivities in Washington DC. Here’s a link to the original.

With the US president due to touch down on Irish soil on Monday morning, the Corrigan Brothers will be hanging around a Moneygall pub when Obama calls in Offaly to visit his ancestral roots. (UTV’s Ken Reid suggests that the intended presidential helicopter trip from Dublin may have to be replaced with a 1 hour 42 minute drive – and the rescheduling of the College Green concert if the weather conditions continue to be poor.)

While there’s no fixed plan for the Corrigans to meet Obama, they will be performing their updated version live on radio from the village during his visit and then at a concert afterwards. And regarding a presidential duet … their door is always open.

“We are available if he wants to sing with us.”

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  • sdelaneys

    Moneygall Gets Ready for Obama

  • No relation. I hope.

  • Relatives in Moneygall

    I wandered lonely with a crowd
    That floats on high on ales and pills,
    When all at once I saw a shroud,
    A ghost, then golden relatives;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Conspicuous as the eyes that shine
    And twinkle on the motor way,
    Guards stretched in never-ending line
    Besides the marksmen and CIA:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Crossing their legs in Riverdance.

    The natives beside them danced, and they
    Out-did the sparkling staves in Glee;
    I Obama could not be but gay affirmative,
    In such a jocund country!
    I gazed—and glazed—but little thought
    What wealth the circus to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my throne I sit
    Not vacant and in pensive mood ,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure gives,
    And dances with the relatives

  • pauluk

    Can anyone tell me where the anti-war protests are taking place?

    I’m sure, with Obama expanding the war into Pakistan and getting involved in the conflict in Libya, there will be lots of protests to choose from…

    Oh, maybe not, silly old me, I forgot, the anti-war protests are reserved for Republican presidents only.

  • Greenflag

    ‘I forgot, the anti-war protests are reserved for Republican presidents only.’

    That’s because they (the Republicans /USA ) have in recent times been the ‘war ‘ starters . For the last couple of decades the USA has been to the forefront in exporting ‘war’ and ‘worthless pieces of paper investments ‘ wherever they could . It’s probably not just coincidental that both Bush ‘presidents’ were in office for both the Gulf War and for the Afghan and Iraq invasions .

    The Oil Corporations don’t want ‘democracy ‘ neither does
    Big Coal and neither does the GOP . Such is the power of the large corporations over the USA’s elected politicians that they can even make not just GOP politicians sing and dance for them but even Democrats .

    Massey Coal mining in West Virginia gets 67,000 violations and ends up paying 1% of the fines.

  • pauluk

    Yes, I get you Greenflag. No one really cares that Gitmo remains open, wiretaps are still in place, as are most enhanced interogation techniques, that American army and airforce personnel are not fighting in Iraq, Afganistan but now also Pakistan and Libya and that Obama is pursuing 95% of Bush’s policies and strategies.

    It’s all hunky dory because a Democrat is in office.

    What blatant partisanship and hypocrisy!

  • Dixie Elliott

    Don’t mention Ryan Giggs’s Great Great Grandmother from an áit gCo outside of áit éigin in Éirinn. Apparently she had a great great affair with a Gaelic footballer who was playing away from home at the time.