Two Irish television channels will have live online coverage of the President and First Lady’s visit on Monday, RTE and TV3
Sometimes their live online stuff isn’t available for viewing outside Ireland, but that’s usually for major sports events – hopefully everyone willl be able to watch on Monday.
The President and First Lady are due to arrive in Dublin around 9:30 AM Irish time, which is 4:30 AM US Eastern time
Irish Times: Plans are coming together for Monday afternoon’s big concert in honour of Barack Obama on College Green in Dublin. An early-evening start was originally envisaged, but the concert has been brought forward to mid-afternoon, and it is expected that the grand finale will take place at around 6pm.
President Obama is unlikely to attend the whole of the two-hour show, but he will join his hosts from the Government for the entertainment as soon as he gets back from the revels in Moneygall.
While the final line-up has yet to be finalised speculation is growing that Bono, U2 or both may make a surprise appearance. Bono is an admirer of Obama, saying in a recent Hot Press interview: “There is nothing fake about this man.”
The band are currently on tour in North America, but their dates leave a window of opportunity: they play Denver tonight, then Salt Lake City on Tuesday. With the help of God and a private jet, anything is possible.
Meanwhile, we hear that Sharon Shannon, Mundy, The Coronas and Imelda May will be among those taking the stage.
A number of leading Irish actors will give readings, among them Brendan Gleeson and Gabriel Byrne. Top sporting figures, such as Pádraig Harrington, Robbie Keane and Brian O’Driscoll, will also take part.