HE MAY HAVE only weeks left in the role of Ireland’s most senior politician – but Enda Kenny was keen to let viewers in the US know exactly what he does for a living, as he encountered a local TV reporter on duty in Philadelphia.
The Fine Gael leader began his week of US St Patrick’s engagements in the City of Brotherly Love yesterday.
Asked how to pronounce his title by the American reporter, the former primary school teacher replied with a well-rehearsed sounding lesson:
You say it very well – it’s Taoiseach… It’s an old Gaelic word for leader or chieftain.
So if you want to pronounce it in phonetics it will be t-h double-e – so ‘thee’ ‘shoc’. So – ‘theeshoc’.
“Say it again now for the television,” the Taoiseach exhorted, staring down the camera lens.
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Around 20,000 people from over 200 groups took part in the Philadelphia St Patrick’s parade yesterday.
According to Fox 29, the Irish in the city have been marking the celebration since 1771.
TheJournal.ie’s political reporter Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Enda Kenny’s visit to Washington this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.