It's 'theme USA' on Irish America Day

Elaine Furlong

Published 02/07/2013|05:38

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Indian Deborah Reidy and Red Coat Peter Reidy aboard the Dunbrody ship. Photo: Patrick Browne

NEW ROSS's American style celebrations will continue this Thursday as the town celebrates its second annual Irish America Day.

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NEW ROSS's American style celebrations will continue this Thursday as the town celebrates its second annual Irish America Day.

The day is packed with lots of interesting events.

The Fourth of July celebrations kick off at 12 noon with the official reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Tholsel in New Ross.

Afterwards there will be an official flag raising ceremony at the newly unveiled Emigrant Flame on the Quay. This will be followed at 1 p.m. with a Jazz and Blues Ensemble at St Michael's Theatre.

From 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the hour there will be a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party on the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and the best way to see this would be to book an Afternoon Mississippi Tea Party on the Galley Cruising Restaurant, which will be cruising by the Dunbrody to give a first-hand view.

The Quay and town will be embracing the Fourth of July, and weather dependent there will be quite a selection of barbeques and al fresco dining in the town and around.

From 5.30 p.m. in the afternoon, the best of Irish American cuisine will be served by way of members of the Wexford Food Family doing burgers and strawberries on the Quay. There will also be a selection of crafts, music and entertainment on the quay, and all American music along the quay the whole day thanks to the state of the art new sound system on the quay front.

Joining in the festivities, will be Hook Lighthouse who are hosting the Waterford Wolves American Football Club, as well as all day barbeques, family fun and events.

Loftus Hall will be catering for the more active with all American style military boot camp, and free tours for all American passport holders on the day.

Participating shops in New Ross will also give a 10 per cent discount to American passport holders on the day.

Corcoran's in the Irishtown is not to be left out, with a unique mix of American barbeque and traditional Irish music, and will continue into the 5th with Popsrock, which plays a mixture of Irish and American Rhythm and Roots Music. Neville's in Fethard are also doing their bit on Friday, July 5, with a jazz and fun night with the Featherhead Trio in residence. The day's events will end with a bang with fireworks on the quay, and for the best viewing point, the Galley Cruising Restaurant has a resident on deck musician, some refreshments, and early booking is essential not to be disappointed. For more details, visit www.irishamericaday.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/irishamericaday or contact Experience New Ross & Hook Peninsula on 051-361016.

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