4 July is being celebrated in New Ross, Co. Wexford as Irish America Day - the anniversary of America's declaration of independence from Great Britain.
The ship was launched in 2001 as a memorial to the emigration of the famine period and Wexford's connection with the family of US President John F. Kennedy. This RTÉ News report from 11 February 2001 shows Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the president and former US ambassador to Ireland, onboard the ship, which she launched with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. He tells reporter Tom McSweeney that there is very little emigration now. Sean Reidy, chief executive of the project, talks about the interest in the ship when it was being built.