The Barack Obama Plaza, which is being developed by Pat and Una McDonagh, owners of the Supermac’s and Papa John’s Restaurant chains, is to create 60 new jobs for Moneygall. 75 new jobs have been created during the current construction phase of the Motorway Service Site. The Plaza represents the single biggest investment on the Offaly/Tipperary Border in decades. Total cost of the development will be in excess of €7 million.
High standard facilities within the The Barack Obama Plaza will include a restaurant, convenience shop and fuel facilities and in addition will provide broadband connectivity free to visitors. The Plaza will open 24/7.
As an additional element recognising the historic significance of Moneygall as the birthplace of the ancestors of the President of the United States, the Plaza will provide a Community Facility for the use of the people of Moneygall. The Barack Obama Community Facility will house on going displays of both historic and current material marking the relationship between Moneygall and the United States.
“This is a most exciting time for both our business and the people of Moneygall. We’ve received highly positive support from the people of the area and are delighted to be in a position to include a Community Facility for them in the development. This will facilitate the growth of the area both economically and socially. Commemorating President Barack Obama’s visit and the strong connections between Moneygall and the US will be vital to both the local area and visitors” says Pat McDonagh.
President Obama’s Irish Relative Henry Healy says of the announcement “It’s always fantastic to see a new facility coming to a small community. Again it will enhance and expand on what we have to offer. The museum is an exciting prospect. It will enrich the experience for visitors and hopefully it will entice them to come into the village to visit us when they stop off.”
The development will be a key stop over point for motorists travelling through the midlands on the new M7 route between Dublin and Limerick. It is hoped that the new development will bring more tourists and visitors to the area, helping to contribute to the growth of the local economy. The overall facility is vital in the provision of services to International Coach Tours planning to include the birthplace of Falmouth Kearney on their itineraries in Ireland.