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Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.

Fulmoth Kearney, President Obama's Irish Immigrant Ancestor, Gets a Tombstone

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2007, I researched then-candidate Barack Obama's roots and identified one of his third great-grandparents, Fulmoth Kearney of Ireland, as the most recent immigrant on his mother's side of the family.

Joe Biden's Irish Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

I've recently received a flurry of inquiries regarding Joe Biden's Irish heritage, so thought that it might be interesting to share research I did in 2008 during the last election cycle.

St. Patrick's Day In the White House Will Be a Family Reunion

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.07.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Ten months ago, President Obama visited Moneygall, the town his Irish ancestors once called home, to raise a pint in the local pub.

Irish American Barack Obama Heartily Welcomed Home

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Ireland recently extended the warmest of welcomes to President Obama whose ancestor departed 161 years ago.

Obama in Ireland Gets Pint's Worth of Coverage in U.S.

John Lee | Posted 07.25.2011 | Media
John Lee

Obama, or O'Bama, captivated Moneygall, a youthful Dublin throng and most who watched it all on television, but to this stateside observer, U.S. media coverage was pretty light.

Tracing Barack Obama's Roots to Moneygall

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, when I traced Barack Obama's roots to Moneygall in County Offaly, Ireland, I never imagined that he would visit his ancestral hometown as President, but on May 23rd, that's exactly what he's going to do.

Moneygall, Ireland Welcomes President Obama Home

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

On St. Patrick's Day, Barack Obama announced his intention to visit Moneygall, his ancestral hometown, during an upcoming trip to Ireland. It's believ...

Sneak Peek: Obama to Visit His Irish Ancestral Hometown of Moneygall

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Megan Smolenyak

It was just last week on St. Patrick's Day while hosting Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at the White House that President Obama announced his u...