Ambassador Dan Rooney brings July 4th football game to Ireland

United States Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney yesterday “made history by staging an ‘Irish American Flag Football Classic’ at his residence in the capital city’s Phoenix Park,” according to a report published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rooney brought 32 members of his extended family to Dublin for the occasion, including his sons – Art Rooney II, team president of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dan, Jr., a Steelers’ scout – who selected and coached opposing teams at the July 4th picnic.

In attendance were Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who tossed the coin before the opening kickoff, and President Mary McAleese, whose daughter Emma played in the flag football game.

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Above (from left): Prime Minister Brian Cowen, Joanne Richardson, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and U.S. ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, during Sunday’s festivities (GlobalPost).

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