— TODAY will say, "top o' the morning" to all of America in a special two-day broadcast, live from Ireland. On Monday March 16 and Tuesday March 17, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker will don their Irish green and celebrate Saint Patrick's Day on the Emerald Isle.
On Monday, March 16, Vieira and Roker will broadcast live from Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, a sprawling country estate known as one of Ireland's most famous house and gardens. On Tuesday, March 17, they will broadcast live from The Dublin Castle in Dublin City Centre and from along the route of the famed Saint 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. They will also examine the origins and influence of Saint 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 U.S., Ireland and the rest of the world face an economic crisis. Additionally, they will get to the bottom of Ireland's claim that President Barack Obama has Irish roots.
Vieira and Roker will also delve into Irish culture and take a look at the country's heritage, music, cuisine and fashion. They will dust off their overalls and visit a working farm to learn how to herd sheep and get a lesson in traditional Irish country cooking. They will also visit the legendary Johnnie Fox's Pub to experience the art of storytelling on the island, and to learn the correct way to pour a pint of Guinness.