Obamas charm Moneygall with spontaneous walkabout

President Barack Obama takes a child from the crowd during his walkabout in Moneygall. Picture: RTE

Barack and Michelle Obama have kissed babies, hugged locals and spent 15 minutes signing autographs, posing for pictures and shaking hands, on their visit to Moneygall in Co Offaly today.

The first couple's walkabout was unscheduled, and locals had been told it was unlikely they would be able to meet the Obamas personally.

However, a grinning Barack Obama took time to chat to well-wishers and kiss a toddler girl as the couple made their way down Main Street, which was lined with cheering locals.

They then crossed the road to the site of Mr Obama’s ancestral home, where a one-storey thatched home once stood, and also nipped into Moneygall's 'An Siopa Beag'.

There was a picture inside of what the house looked like and land records to show his ancestors owned it.

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