Mix of acts to entertain the crowds at capital's main event
Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00
BONO can't make it. But Saoirse and Jedward are pulling out all the stops.
An eclectic mix of musicians, actors and sports people will take to the stage at College Green, Dublin, this afternoon to entertain US President Barack Obama and a crowd of around 26,000.
RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy, MC at the event, told the Irish Independent he regarded the role as an "honour and a privilege".
Jedward, Westlife, Imelda May, The Sawdoctors, Sharon Shannon, Mundy, The Coronas, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys, Ryan Sheridan, the National Chamber Choir and soprano Celine Byrne are among those performing.
Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Day Lewis, Brendan Gleeson, Brian O'Driscoll, Henry Shefflin and Robbie Keane will also be appearing.
The finale will be an address by Mr Obama in the same spot from where Bill Clinton spoke in 1995.
The event is expected to start at 3pm.