New Ross’ Town Crier Announces the Second Annual Irish America Day

Joe Delaney 'Town Crier' took to the streets of New Ross, Co.Wexford to practice reading the 'Declaration of Independence' ahead of July 4 Irish America Day celebrations. Photo: Mary Browne.

July 3, 2013

Visitors to New Ross town might have been surprised to see a ‘Town Crier’ dressed as he would have in 1776, as he took to the quayside to practice reading the Declaration of Independence ahead of this week’s July 4th Irish American Day celebrations. An action packed programme of events for all the family was announced in New Ross for Ireland’s official July 4 celebrations, Irish America Day, on Thursday.

This is the second year the town, which is also home to the Dunbrody Emigration History Center and the Irish America Hall of Fame, has celebrated the U.S. holiday in style. New Ross was also recently the epicenter of the celebrations for the Kennedy Homecoming and JFK50.

Events get off to a start at noon with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at The Tholsel. Similarly, at noon each July 4 in the U.S., The Declaration is also read from the Old State House in Boston. The reading will be followed by a Civil Ceremony Raising of the Flag at the newly unveiled Emigrant Flame at 12.30. For music lovers jazz and blues will be on offer at St. Michael’s Theatre in the heart of the town.

Joining in the festivities will be Hook Lighthouse, which will host 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 the 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% discount to American Passport holders on the 4th.

At 3pm in New Ross town the river cruising restaurant ‘The Galley’ will host Mississippi Afternoon Tea (booking essential to avoid disappointment) and a Boston Tea Party re-enactment will take place aboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship. The afternoon will also see members of the Wexford Food Family food producers create a market on the quayside and a number of local establishments host BBQs and U.S.-themed parties.

Celebrations will carry right through to a series of live music bands and entertainment on the Quayside followed by a giant fireworks display over the river Barrow.

Commenting on the events one of the organizers Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit said, “We are delighted to be hosting our second annual Fourth of July, Irish America Day Celebrations, last year we had flocks of U.S. visitors make their way to New Ross to celebrate their national holiday with us and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. It’s going to be a great day of celebrating our unique Irish American links.”

For further details on the Fourth of July, Irish America Day see www.irishamericaday.com

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