4 July is being celebrated in New Ross, County 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.

Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and former United Sates ambassador to Ireland launched with ship 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. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 February 2001. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.