The official opening of the visitor centre and meeting suites took place at the Obama Plaza, Moneygall, appropriately on the 4th July last Friday. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined Pat McDonagh, Managing Director Supermacs Ireland and Henry Healy, one of Obamas closest Irish relatives and now Manager of the Plaza, to officially open the centre.
The facility, which is located at junction 23 on the M7 motorway, was completed following an intense 5 months construction programme. At the peak of construction up to 140 workers were employed at the site. Planning permission for the facility was secured in July 2013.
PUNCH provided all Civil & Structural engineering input to the project from initial site appraisal and planning, detailed design, tender and construction. PUNCH also provided site supervision during the construction phase of the works.
The facility provides 24 hours fuel filling facilities for cars and heavy good vehicles as well as a food court, convenience shop and staff facilities on the ground floor. Ample provision has also been made for coaches and HGV parking around the facility. Upstairs the newly opened visitors centre comprises an information area on Barack Obama and former US Presidents, a large community area as well as five meeting and conference suites incorporating the latest state of the art media and IT facilities.
The team at PUNCH wish Pat and Una every success with their new enterprise at Moneygall.
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