"...[A]nd it was incredible to see the town where a young shoemaker called Falmouth Kearney lived his life and set out by ship for New York, and made a new life, and married an American girl from Ohio. He settled in the Midwest. It’s a familiar story – it’s one known by Americans of all backgrounds, because it’s part of who we are, a nation of immigrants from all over the world. But as I was standing in Moneygall I thought how heartbreaking it must have been for all those people, leaving Dingle cliffs and Donegal homes, in the hope that a better life was possible, supported by nothing more than faith – faith in the almighty, faith in the idea of America. And they passed on that faith to their children, and to their children’s children, and to their great-great-great grandchildren like me..." Part of a speech given by the president of America, Barack Obama, at College Green, Dublin. Monday, 23/05/11. The ancestral home of Barack Obama.