Demonstrators in Dublin inflated a six-metre tall blimp to protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to Ireland.

The Trump baby blimp, made famous at demonstrations in London last year, made its first appearance in Irish skies today.

Organisers received special permission from the Irish Aviation Authority to fly the blimp, which was transported from the UK.

The inflation of the blimp coincided with a protest that took place at 6pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, organised by a coalition of civil society organisations, political parties and campaign groups.

Organisers said the protest was designed to show solidarity with those "damaged" by President Trump’s policies.

Shea Flanagan, Lead Organiser for Uplift, called on protesters to use social media to promote the demonstration to "make sure Mr Trump, an avid Twitter user, saw that there was widespread resistance to his politics of hate".

"We want to show that we are part of a global community fighting for a better world."

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After the rally, thousands of protesters marched down O'Connell Street.

They chanted "Donald Trump go away" and "Hear it loud and hear it clear, Donald Trump not welcome here".

Earlier, one speaker told crowds that the turnout would make it impossible for the President, or the media, to claim he had been a welcome visitor to Ireland.

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