It's 'theme USA' on Irish America Day

Elaine Furlong

Published 02/07/2013 | 05:38

20/5/2012.. Free to use Image:?Boston Tea Party New Ross. 
Party like its 1773! A re-enactment of the 1773 Boston Tea Party will take place aboard The Dunbrody ship, New Ross as part of the celebrations of the brand new festival July 4  Irish America Day  pictured are Indian Deborah Reidy and Red Coat Peter Reidy. photograph Patrick Browne

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New Ross to Boost U.S. Tourism Numbers with Irelands First Official of Fourth of July Festival
New Ross Town is steeped in history and links with the U.S. It is the ancestral home of John F. Kennedy and is also home to one of the biggest visitor attractions of the U.S. visitor market -The Dunbrody Famine Ship Emigrant Experience.
Today (Sunday, May 20) the town has announced Irelands very first official celebration of the traditional U.S. national holiday the fourth of July  Irish America Day.??According to the Chairperson of the towns tourism body Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit, the town of New Ross is aiming to forge closer links with the U.S. in a bid to boost tourism numbers.
It is the first year of official celebrations on July fourth  Irish America Day and we are delighted to be announcing this festival. We are uniquely positioned to forge our Irish American links and to promote holidaying in Ireland and indeed in Wexford in the U.S. The festival programme is action packed and we are encouraging everyone Irish and American to join us.
The Irish America Celebration programme commences on July 3 with a special performance of Irish American comedian Des Bishop at the Brandon House Hotel and is followed by a day of festivities on July 4.
July 4 highlights include a flag raising ceremony on the quay at the memorial statue of John F. Kennedy, a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party aboard The Dunbrody Ship, the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Tholsel, and an open air concert with The Three Tenors and Declan ORourke at the John F. Kennedy Arboretum.
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.

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, or follow on Facebook at or contact Experience New Ross & Hook Peninsula on 051-361016.

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