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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Headlines, Limerick, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Shannon | 4 comments

4th of July: Ireland Gets in on the Fun

While St Patrick’s Day has become a moment for the world to be a wee bit Irish for one day a year, it looks like the family-friendly spirit of the 4th of July is getting bigger and taking hold in Ireland. I’ve come across not one, not two, but THREE major celebrations in Ireland this summer.

Irish America DayIRISH AMERICA DAY
New Ross, Co Wexford

The area is home to the ancestors of John F Kennedy and the Dunbrody Famine Ship & Emigration Centre, and now it’s where you’ll find one of Ireland’s biggest 4th of July parties. They’ll be re-enacting the Boston Tea Party, Reading the Declaration of Independence, holding a prom, serving up an American-style barbeque, and the list goes on… this one has more ties to American independence than most US celebrations. And if you show your US Passport, you’ll get 10% off in the special market. The only thing missing is fireworks and sparklers.

4th July Limerick4TH JULY LIMERICK
Limerick, Co Limerick

The city on the Shannon gets in on the Yankee action with an Irish American Sport Expo, a picnic and mega-barbeque, an American poetry night, cookie making (and I thought apple pie was the all-American dessert), and several other events. Still no sign of fireworks and sparklers.

Ulster-American Folk ParkULSTER-AMERICAN FOLK PARK
Omagh, Co Tyrone

I’m cheating a little on this one. The Ulster-American Folk Park always shows a bit of it’s red, white, and blue. The living history museum takes a look at life of many Irish families from before the Famine through emigration and settlement in the US. There aren’t any special events posted on their calendar, but you can bet they’ll be in top form… Conestoga wagons and all.

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4 Comments

  1. ooh i’ll be in waterford for the 4th! hopefully we’ll get a little bbq action going :) when i was in donegal 2 yrs ago, my friends had a little 4th of july party for us too, was so sweet!

    • @ ruby clover! New Ross is just 20 minutes away! No excuse to join us!

      • betty, i just may have to!! marking it on my list of things to do xx

  2. Killarney having an all day 4th of July celebration this year also.

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