As the United States of America wakes up to celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, 4th of July events in Ireland are already underway.
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The U.S. Embassy in Dublin is on holiday and US Ambassador Dan Rooney and his wife, Patricia, will host the annual Irish American Football Classic at their residence in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The main event will see embassy diplomats, marines and local GAA, rugby and soccer players take each other on at the U.S. national game. Croke Park staff have constructed an American football field, including bleachers, posts and giant television screens. Over 2,000 guests are expected to attend.
Before the game starts, the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) will host a family fitness day, also in Phoenix Park. http://www.americanfootball.ie/farmleigh-family-fitness-day-4th-july in conjunction with Athletics Ireland and the Office of Public Works. The IAFA has put together a programme of live demonstrations, interactive games and competitions for all the family. The American capital of Ireland, otherwise known as Moneygall, has been celebrating all weekend and its American Independence Festival continues today. The venue tonight is Ollie’s Bar on Main Street (pictured) Festival goers will be treated to music by TippOff, as well as a raffle. A book about the US President Barack Obama’s recent visit will be launched during tonight’s celebrations.
Obviously no Independence Day would be complete be without a BBQ. In Dublin, Alfie’s Bar at the Conrad Hotel has live music, American beer and a “US-style BBQ” from 6pm. While, in Limerick, the Collins Bar will host a charity BBQ to mark the day.
All funds raised will go to Self Help Africa and MS Ireland.
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