Barack Obama Plaza

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Barack Obama Plaza (Moneygall services)
Information
County:Moneygall
Road:M7
Operator:Supermac's
Date opened:2014

Barack Obama Plaza (Moneygall services), is an off line service area, at Junction 23 of the M7 on the outskirts of the village of Moneygall on the border of Counties Tipperary and Offaly in Ireland. The plaza was opened for business in June 2014 and is accessed using the existing junction 23 slip roads.[1][2][3] It is named after US president Barack Obama, whose 3rd great grandfather lived nearby.[4] The ancestor was reportedly Falmouth Kearney, who emigrated to the US in 1850.[5][6][7][8]

The service station cost 7 million euros to construct, and opened in 2014.[9] In 2017 the station was briefly announced to have been renamed "Trump Plaza", as an April fools joke.[10]

Facilities[edit]

In addition to fuel supplies it includes a variety of food outlets including Supermac's, Papa John's Pizza, Mac's Place, Bewleys coffee and a Spar store. The Barack Obama Plaza also includes a visitor centre that provides information on President Obama’s family connections in Moneygall where his great-great-great-grandfather lived.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connell, Hugh (26 January 2013). "Moneygall to get a 'Barack Obama Plaza', creating 60 new jobs". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Offaly Independent - Barack Obama Plaza creates 60 new jobs for Moneygall". Offaly Independent. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Barak Obama Plaza in Moneygall to create 60 new jobs". Supermac's. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ Loftus, Valerie. "10 reasons why Barack Obama Plaza is the best place on earth". The Daily Edge. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Barack Obama Plaza". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  6. ^ Team, TheJournal.ie. "Barack Obama Plaza: Business is booming - but US tourists don't quite know what to make of it". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Barack Obama Plaza? The Curious Tale of How an Irish Rest Stop Was Named After a US President - Irish Fireside Travel and Culture". Irish Fireside Travel and Culture. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ https://motorwayservices.ie/Manor Stone
  9. ^ "Rush to finish 'Barack Obama Plaza' in €7 million rest stop development - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Trump renames Barack Obama Plaza to "Trump Plaza"". Holidayguru.ie. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Unexpected things named after Obama". The BBC. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.