Singing astronaut Chris Hadfield shows his skills on the hurling pitch
Published 10/01/2014 | 13:57
It seems that astronaut commander Chris Hadfield can do no wrong when it comes to celebrating Ireland and its pastimes.
Enjoying his new role of Cultural Ambassador to Ireland, Hadfield turned out to Na Fianna GAA Club in Glasnevin, Dublin today with his wife Helena, to try his hand at hurling.
And although it was his fist time playing the sport, the Canadian proved more than capable on the pitch.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, also joined in on the training session, but joked that he'd be better off sticking with triathlons.
The minister thanked our new ambassador for stepping into the position.
"His enthusiasm and energy make him a great ambassador for Irish tourism and should help persuade many more to come here and see Ireland close up in 2014," Varadkar said.
Tourism Ireland are creating three short films of Hadfield's five-day visit, which will be shared on social networking sites to highlight the country as a a holiday destination.
"I have been around the world more than anyone you've ever met, 2500 times or so, and I think that deepens your appreciation for just how beautiful certain parts of the world are, as well as the reaction from the people," Hadfield said.
"There was obviously a link with Ireland with my daughter studying here for several years, but it was like a blossoming friendship from orbit, it's been very interesting.
"I really wanted to come back and see Ireland, so to be cast in an ambassadorial role, I'll be seeing it with new eyes, which will be a real treat for me.
"I can't wait to come back in the future to meet people and travel around the country."
Link-sharing website Reddit have even rebranded the subreddit temporarily to honour Hadfield's visit to Ireland, renaming the section 'Haddit' and adding a picture of the famous 'reddit alien' in a spacesuit.