Notre Dame match kicks off 40,000-strong American party in Dublin

Saturday night's game is part of a week-long series of events that’s drawing chief executives, celebrities, politicians and hordes of fans to Dublin

Maelyn Bierman, Navy cheerleader, centre, and her colleagues perform a routine at the prestigious Ireland-US CEO Club Lunch, hosted in association with the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, at the Mansion House in Dublin. Picture: Sportsfile

It was a rare mix, but that may have been expected given what was referred to as the largest single movement of US citizens in peacetime.

In addition to the American football game between the University of Notre Dame and the US Naval Academy in Aviva Stadium on Saturday night, Dublin was a hive of activity last week, with movie stars Will Ferrell and Sandra Oh visiting high-end restaurants and some of the heaviest hitters ...