Thursday 27 November 2014

Taoiseach praises Irish rugby team for 'incredible courage'

Lise Hand in Boston

Published 16/03/2014 | 17:21

01/02/14
Party Leader, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in the R.D.S Dublin this evening..
Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/Collins Photos
01/02/14 Party Leader, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in the R.D.S Dublin this evening.. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/Collins Photos

The Taoiseach praised Ireland's 6 Nations rugby champions after they lifted the trophy in Paris last night. "I think the team showed incredible courage," he said.

"It was a very physical match. They epitomised what the fighting Irish can be. My message is always when we apply ourselves to a single objective there is nothing can stop us, not even Les Bleus."

Reflecting the close 20-22 final scoreline, Mr Kenny said "it was almost in danger of being a repeat of New Zealand, against the All-Blacks," in a reference to the Kiwis' last-gasp victory against the Irish team last Autumn.

The Taoiseach was speaking at a St Patrick's Day breakfast in Boston which was attended by about 1000 people, and which included many local politicians such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick.

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