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Martina Devlin: Heartfelt act of friendship uplifted Irish everywhere

Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00

Finally, the stage belonged to the descendant of a teenage emigrant from a small town in Ireland - a man who personifies the American dream
Finally, the stage belonged to the descendant of a teenage emigrant from a small town in Ireland - a man who personifies the American dream

Let no one be in any doubt: he has the JFK electricity. And he no longer needs a Kennedy to hold his hand while he channels it.

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Barack Obama came into his own when he set foot on Irish soil yesterday, and immediately behaved as if he felt right at home.

Not because he said "slainte" and showed a suitable reverence for the black stuff. Not because he held a hurley stick or handled a spade like a Mick (although, as it happens, he did).

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