Hidden among tens of thousands of signatures on the 'largest farewell card' in the world was a link to the future US president.

In spindly letters on the Morpeth Roll, Thomas Reagan – the great-great-grandfather of the late US president Ronald Reagan – from Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary, signed his name in 1841. He was one of 160,000 Irish people who wanted to thank the outgoing chief secretary of Ireland, reforming Whig George Howard, Lord Morpeth, for his work towards improving conditions.

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