THE Senator Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Dublin on November 17 will surely attract the great and the good of Dublin society. It will be limited to 100 people or 50 couples, and the scramble for tickets is bound to be intense.
It is not necessarily limited to just paying guests. What will likely happen is that many Irish citizens will know Americans who either work with them or are friends, and they will get them to contribute to the fundraiser and go as their free guests. Given the number of Americans working in Ireland that will hardly be all that difficult.
The fundraiser will be held on the south side in the Dublin 4 area, and the house party will be hosted by an Irishman and his wife who lived in America for many years and returned back home where they both have been very successful.
Interest in the event in Ireland is already intense, with huge media coverage certain. Former President Bill Clinton is a relatively frequent visitor to Ireland, but there has never been a fundraiser for an American candidate in Ireland so it will be a first.
The tireless Stella O'Leary will be doing the heavy lifting for this one, which is expected to launch an Irish campaign for the candidate in the key first state.
There was almost a last minute hiccup over whether or not the legal issues which surround all such events were cleared up, but happily for Irish American Democrats it was resolved. The head of the Friends of Ireland in Congress, Congressman Richie Neal, will be present.