Monday 23 October 2017

My golf swing is way below par, says sports-mad Enda

ENDA Kenny has two rounds of golf with international leaders pencilled into his diary – but has warned that his swing has "deteriorated" from lack of practice.

The Taoiseach confirmed that US vice-president Joe Biden will play a round with him this autumn at the Carne links in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

But the Fine Gael leader added that his main way of achieving work-life balance since taking office has been to head off on his bike.

Following a busy first half of the year, Mr Kenny said he will be cycling a lot next month as he takes time off, but he won't be going abroad.

"Our children are at the age when they're involved in a lot of Gaelic games and the rest of it, so I'll be around. We're not going away this year, so we'll be around the country, close down for August effectively," he said.

Mr Kenny has had a round of golf with Mr Biden lined up since St Patrick's Day. With its spectacular seaside setting, the Carne course was always the first choice.

Mr Kenny is also looking forward to whacking a few balls with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Gleneagles, the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, in September next year.

"I have a date with Alex Salmond over in Scotland," he said. "We're going to play the week before the Ryder Cup, and I have a tenner on that. We'll invite you all over to see how the swing has deteriorated."

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Mr Kenny confirmed during his St Patrick's Day trip to Washington that Mr Biden will be visiting Ireland this year.

The Taoiseach specifically referred to playing "a little round on the golf course" when he announced the visit.

The vice-president is understood to be bringing his grandchildren and may be here for anything up to a week, visiting Mayo, Dublin and Louth.

Mr Biden's Irish roots stem from the Finnegan family from Co Louth, but there are also links to the Taoiseach's home county of Mayo.

Irish Independent

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