Monday 24 July 2017

Watch Enda Kenny teach US reporter how to say Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference announcing 500 new jobs at recruitment company Indeed in Dublin.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a press conference announcing 500 new jobs at recruitment company Indeed in Dublin.

By Nilima Marshall

Kenny is on his annual stateside St Patrick’s trip.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on his annual St Patrick’s trip to the United States, where he is outlining plans for a referendum on voting rights for Irish people abroad in presidential elections .

And after speaking at an Irish Famine memorial in Philadelphia, he decided to give a local TV reporter a lesson on how to say Taoiseach.

Kenny appears to praise the reporter’s effort, saying: “You say it very well.”

He added: “It’s an old Gaelic word for leader or chieftain. So if you want to pronounce it in phonetics, it will be t-h-double E, thee, shoc, s-h-o-c. So ‘theeshoc’.”

Kenny gives the reporter a 10 out of 10 for his effort.

Now for the matter of pronouncing Saoirse Ronan’s name…

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