Enda, you're a credit to yourself
Does Enda not know the truth about the Irish, asks Brendan O'Connor
Published 29/05/2011 | 05:00
RYAN Tubridy summed it up in one, and echoed what we were all thinking when he jokingly asked Enda Kenny on Friday night if by any chance he had been a teacher in a previous life.
Of course, as we all know, once a teacher always a teacher, and when Kenny came on the last Late Late Show of the season it felt like he was coming on to give us all our end-of-term report. And somehow, as teachers tend to do, Kenny managed to praise us while managing to make us feel bad.
Kenny's key message was that, amazingly, we had managed not to disgrace ourselves when the Queen came. We are all "a credit" apparently. No one shamed our nation. And Kenny seemed relieved, almost surprised, about this. He had clearly expected us to disgrace ourselves. He was like a Muinteoir who had just had the Cigire in and was congratulating the class on not being their usual messy selves, for being on their best behaviour while the Cigire was here.