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A whole new ball game as Dubs mark Independence Day with special match

FOURTH of July celebrations were ongoing last night at the residence of the US ambassador in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Several GAA stars attended the carnival-like celebrations marking US Independence Day, where they met US football star Ben Roethlisberger, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Former US ambassador Dan Rooney, who is chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, introduced the famous quarterback to Dublin GAA favourites Dessie Farrell, Pat Gilroy, Mossy Quinn, Eamon Fennell and Jason Sherlock, and Galway star Alan Kerins.

The event was among a number of celebrations held around Ireland to mark the 237th birthday of the United States.

Events were held in New Ross, Co Wexford, where the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's visit was celebrated recently, and in Limerick and Galway. And the people of Moneygall in Co Offaly, birthplace of President Obama's Irish ancestors, scheduled events over a number of days, including a celebratory dinner and parade.

On the wackier end of the spectrum, Eddie Rocket's restaurant in South Anne Street, Dublin, held a Fourth of July hotdog-eating competition to win a weekend in New York.

Last night, a Stars 'n' Stripes' party was held at Copper Face Jack's in Dublin where 2fm presenters partied the night away with celebs.