Posted by Kelly Fincham at 7/23/2009 9:28 AM EDT

Finally! A good news story about Americans being welcome in Ireland!

Today's Irish papers are rubbishing earlier claims that U.S. troops 'gatecrashed' a wedding in County Clare at the weekend.

Turns out that the troops - who had been grounded at Shannon because their plane needed repairs - were invited to join the wedding party. They hadn't gatecrashed.

We had held off on the earlier story because we couldn't get anyone to corroborate the claim that the troops had gatecrashed. Glad we did, seeing as the earlier story was dead wrong.

I'm also glad to see some old-fashioned Irish hospitality on display for the troops.

You can hate the war and still love the soldiers.