Barack Obama Plaza (Moneygall)
|Barack Obama Plaza (Moneygall)|
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M7 at exit 23|
(also accessible to traffic on the R445)
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Address:||Barack Obama Plaza|
|Telephone number:||0505 45810|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes (as tourist attraction)|
|Grid reference:||S 03751 81515|
|Services type:||Offline (|
Single site located at a junction.)
Moneygall is possibly Ireland's most famous service station if only for its secondary name, Barack Obama Plaza. It consists of several Supermac's brands under the same roof.
Catering: Papa John's Pizza, Supermac's, SuperSubs, Tim Horton's Cafe & Bake Shop, Mac's Place Shops: Spar Main Amenities: Local Information, Local History Exhibition, Meeting Room, Rock of Loyer walking route Motel: none Forecourt: Topaz
Parking is free for all vehicles for a maximum of two hours only.
Trivia and Design
It opened on 30 May 2014. It was developed privately following delays to the National Road Authority's plans for public developments.
The services have an unusual design feature in that the car park isn't right next to the main entrance. It is a short walk down the road, almost as if the car park was forgotten about and added at the last moment. Only half of the 12-acre site is used by the restaurant, the rest has been reserved for possible future development.
The reason for the services' unusual name (by European standards) is that Barack Obama is descended from a family who once lived nearby. An exhibition explaining this and the history of Irish-US relations is presented on the second floor, tucked away from the hustle of the fast food outlets below. There are also pictures and cardboard cut-outs.
Trying to be a service area which puts something back, the services also provide information on flights and nearby attractions.
Another unusual and remarkable feature is the 1980s chart music played across the forecourt area. A car valeting service is available here too.
On 20 December 2015, the Coca-Cola's Christmas Truck Tour spent an evening at the services.
|Mayfield (87 km)||Services on the M7 (Ireland)||Birdhill (37 km)|
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