GAA stars and Rose invited to US party
Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00
GAA stars and a Rose of Tralee winner will be rubbing shoulders with some of the world's most influential people after they were invited to the White House for St Patrick's Day.
US President Barack Obama may have made a personal phone call to the new Taoiseach Enda Kenny extending a visit Stateside but the country's sportsmen also caught his eye.
Both Tipperary hurling captain Eoin Kelly and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan are likely to be joining the exodus after confirming they received an invite to the famous Washington DC festivities on March 17.
It is the first time that the invite list has included two current GAA players and both are expected to attend despite hectic sporting schedules, the GAA's website confirmed yesterday.
Also invited is the 2010 Rose of Tralee winner, Clare Kambamettu.
Ms Kambamettu will "fly the flag" for the Kerry-based festival at the Washington DC event.
She will firstly fly to London on Sunday, March 13 to lead the St Patrick's Day parade.
John Drummey, spokesman for the festival, said the invite emphasised the international festival's importance as a link between Ireland and the US for both industry and tourism.