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Barack Obama thanks Stephanie Roche for 'generosity' in gifts she gave to his family during White House visit

Published 02/05/2015 | 21:53

dean, meghan, steph
dean, meghan, steph
Stephanie Roche before the St Patrick's Day reception at The White House

US President Barack Obama has thanked Irish footballer Stephanie Roche for the gifts she gave to his family during her visit to the White House on St Patrick's Day.

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Stephanie, who is now playing for Texas team Houston Dash, was part of an Irish delegation to meet President Obama in March.

The note Barack Obama sent to Stephanie Roche
Pic: Stephanie Roche/Twitter
The note Barack Obama sent to Stephanie Roche Pic: Stephanie Roche/Twitter

Today, she tweeted news that she received a 'thank you' note from the US president, thanking her for the gifts she gave to his family.

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Stephanie Roche with Houston Dash team-mates
Stephanie Roche with Houston Dash team-mates
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Stephanie Roche
Stephanie Roche before the new consulate opening in Austin, Texas

The note, a picture of which she also posted to her Twitter account, is signed by Mr Obama.

"This is just a quick note to thank you for your kind gifts for my family. As avid sports fans, we appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity," the US President wrote int the note.

"Thank you, again, for your wonderful gesture. I wish you all the best," he signed off.

Read more here: Stephanie Roche: Shaking hands with Obama was incredible  

Stephanie tweeted: "Just received this thank you note from @BarackObama #NiceTouch #Ireland #DashOn".

Writing for independent.ie back in March, Stephanie recalled how she went to the parade in Bray with her nephew in 2014.

A year later, she found herself in the White House, just weeks after she made a dream transfer to Houston Dash.

"I never imagined I would be a guest of honour at the White House on St Patrick's Day - it was incredible," she wrote.

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"Last year I went to the parade in Bray with my niece and nephew and to be in Washington this year was unbelievable. Everything that has happened in the last two months has been crazy - it's like a film.

"I didn't really know what to expect at the White House but when we got there I actually got to shake Obama's hand - I was trying to get a photo as well but he was being really nice and trying to shake everybody's hand so I didn't get a chance.

"President Obama just has a great charisma and he has a nice way of speaking to people," she added.

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