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American flags on Independence Day. Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

American flags on Independence Day. Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

American flags on Independence Day. Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Get out your red, white, and blue banners, bunting and Captain America pinatas, dear readers, and join me in celebrating Independence Day. Yes, today is 4 July 4, and normally for this transplanted American, and perhaps many of you reading right now, it would be time to zip over to the US Ambassador’s digs in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to partake in the annual tradition of eating grilled meat (or vegetarian options), drinking Jack Daniels (or soft drink options), dancing to country and western music and fireworks.

I remember, the first year I arrived in Ireland,  Ambassador Kevin O’Malley gleefully oversaw festivities and posed for photos accompanied by Marines in dress blues. Next, Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smith assumed the helm for a couple of years while the Trump administration took its time appointing an official. During his brief stint, the pandemic prevented Ambassador Ed Crawford from raising a star-spangled glass. This year, we’re in limbo again. Would-be Ambassador Claire Cronin was only recently nominated and lockdown limitations mean the skies over the park will remain dark.


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