Page last updated at 10:47 GMT, Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Radio station joins in Obama-mania

Moneygall flag
A resident of Moneygall puts out a US flag for Barack Obama's inauguration
As millions of people gather in Washington DC to see Barack Obama sworn in as America's 44th president, Obama mania has reached a crescendo in County Offaly.

A radio station in Moneygall has changed its name to Obama FM to celebrate the soon-to-be president's ancestral connection with the area.

"It's kind of a tenuous link - it's his great, great, great grandfather from Moneygall," station director Alan Swan said.

"I've been talking to, it seems, like every radio station in the world since this started. We thought this is something we'd do for a bit of craic for our own listeners."

Mr Swan said the whole thing started after the station made a documentary on a distant relative of Mr Obama invited over to the inauguration.

"While we were talking about the documentary we decided for the craic let's change the name of the radio station to Obama FM.

"We all laughed, but then said sure we'll do it anyway," he said.

"The next thing everybody starts ringing the radio station thinking this is the greatest thing ever."

He said while people of the village were not taking it overly seriously, they were enjoying the attention.

"The people of Moneygall have had a great bit of craic out of it as well. So it's been good fun," Mr Swan said.

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