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Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00

David McWilliams watches Barack Obama's speech in Fallons pub in Dublin's city centre on Monday
David McWilliams watches Barack Obama's speech in Fallons pub in Dublin's city centre on Monday

THE lad beside me in the queue for Obama had driven down all the way from Donegal. We joined the queue at 2pm, just at the back of Christchurch.

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The very same scarf seller who was flogging Porto and Braga scarves outside Lansdowne last Wednesday night was doing a brisk trade in Obama paraphernalia as the wind howled down Thomas Street, encouraged by the wide open spaces at Christchurch.

"Yizzers Obama scarves only a tenner."

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