The seaside resort of Ballybunion, in County Kerry, was busily preparing to give President Bill Clinton a reception to surpass them all.
He promised to come back for a game of golf after cancelling a visit three years ago and now the township is pulling out all the stops to impress their American friend.
It was supposed to be the most low-key engagement of the President's three day trip to Ireland - he is only set to drive through the main street into the golf course.
But his visit has been greeted with a zeal unmatched in any other part of the island.
A seven foot tall statue of the president was still having the final touches made to it before being put up in the centre of the town to be unveiled on Saturday.
The final product will be in bronze, but as it was only commissioned three weeks ago, a plaster cast sprayed with bronze paint has been prepared for Saturday's event.
Souvenir shops selling Clinton memorabilia had their shelves fully stocked and the atmosphere is fevered to say the least.
Some fear a bit of a let down after the visit is over.
"The buildup has been very good and very exciting, but it's very difficult to envisage what the effect will be afterwards."
SUPER CAPTION: Catherine Fitzgerald, Owner, Clinton Shop
Ballybunion residents were bitterly disappointed when Clinton was forced to cancel plans for a round of golf in the village during his Irish visit three years ago, as a result of the crisis in Bosnia.
They've lobbied tirelessly, and successfully, for him to stop off on his return.
At least 500 large colour posters of Clinton were being placed on every
lamp-post leading to Ballybunion's world-famous golf club.
17 miles of road leading into the village has even been relaid to give the Presidential cavalcade a smooth run in.
Bookmakers are offering odds of 250-to-one on the President scoring a hole-in-one during his round on the golf course.
The team led by the club's captain, Brian McCarthy is expected to beat the President and his golfing partners, Ireland's Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy and former foreign minister Dick Spring.
But McCarthy is being coy about how hard he will try to win.
"If I were president of the United States, I'd expect to be let to win, but seriously, I don't know how good a golfer he is. I know that he's looking forward to this trip and our interest is to ensure that he enjoys himself here and that he enjoys his golf. We're not particularly interested in who wins the match."
SUPER CAPTION: Brian McCarthy, Ballybunion golf club captain
Every garden has been spruced up and just about every shop has a U-S related display.
They want to show the rest of the world that, for them, Clinton keeping his promise to return is more important than the scandal which continues to plague him.
"I don't think there's anybody else that would be as welcome in Ballybunion at the moment as President Clinton would be. I don't think that you would get away with saying a bad word about the man. Nobody wants to hear anything derogatory said about President Clinton because he is very highly thought of here in Ballybunion."
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"As you can see, the flags are going up and there's people flapping, you know, trying to get it all together, you know. And I'd say the whole town will be turning out, plus all the visitors coming in to view this spectacle."
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His golfing engagement at Ballybunion is the last event on his tour of the island of Ireland before he flies back to Washington.