Monday, March 17, 2008

Erin Go Bragh

Senator Barack Obama's maternal family tree:

Great-great-great-great grandfather Joseph Kearney, a well-to-do shoemaker from Moneygall, Co Offaly, who lived from 1794 to 1861.

Joseph's brother Francis, like many emigrated to the New World due to a potato famine in the 1840s. Francis bequeathed land to Joseph on the condition that he emigrate to claim it.


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