March 10, 2009

‘Today’ show heading to Ireland

The U.S. morning television program Today is planning a special two-day live broadcast from Ireland in honor of St. Patrick's Day, NBC said.

On March 16, Today hosts Meredith Vieira and Al Roker will broadcast live from Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, a sprawling country estate and one of Ireland's most famous houses and gardens. The following day, they will broadcast live from The Dublin Castle in Dublin City Centre and from along the route of the St. Patrick's Festival Parade.

During the two days, Vieira and Roker will take a look at the special relationship between the United States and Ireland as 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, NBC said in a release. They will also examine the origins and influence of St. Patrick's Day, search for the real Saint Patrick, and take a look at the myths surrounding him. Vieira and Roker will examine Ireland's political landscape, and they will look ahead to the G20 Summit in April as the United States, Ireland and the rest of the world face an economic crisis. Additionally, they will get to the bottom of Ireland's claim that (U.S.) President Barack Obama has Irish roots.