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Obama talks about his Irish kin, Falmouth Kearney, in Dublin speech

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President Obama in Ireland on Monday paid tribute to his Irish roots--in a visit to Moneygall--his mother's relatives Irish home--and during a speech in Dublin, where he talked about his grandfather's grandfather, Falmouth Kearney.

"Today the 44th American president comes home!," Obama said.

"Well, when Falmouth Kearney started out on his long Atlantic crossing, he might have dreamed but hardly imagined that one day his great, great, great grandson would return as president of the United States.

"That boy said goodbye to a ravaged island. Millions had died or were leaving, packing their hopes and their dreams in beside the remnants of a life, stepping onto ships, which for some was like stepping into space.

The Sun-Times Scott Fornek wrote about Falmouth Kearney in his 2007 series about Obama's roots. Read Fornek's story here.

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