Monday 22 July 2019

'Dear Dara and Briain' - Dara Ó Briain is every person with an Irish name in the UK with letter from Prime Minister Theresa May

Dara Ó Briain
Dara Ó Briain
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Anyone with an Irish name knows the difficulty of negotiating life in the UK and beyond and Dara O'Briain is no exception.

The Irish comedian and presenter shared part of a letter he had received from Prime Minister Theresa May with his fans on Twitter and, well, she didn't quite get his name right.

While the address at the top of the letter makes a fairly good stab at it with 'Dara O Briain' (albeit lacking the fada on the O), the letter begins "Dear Dara and Briain".

"Oh my!  A personal letter from the Prime Minister!... Wait, what?" tweeted Ó Briain.

People are greatly amused.

And it seems Ó Briain is not the only one experiencing the result of what is most likely a computer glitch.

The presenter, who calls himself an 'infamous Brit-Licker' on Twitter, had another issue related to being Irish and living in the UK recently when he read The Guardian's review of his new show.

Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay sees Ó Briain and fellow Irish comedian Ed Byrne travel to south east Asia to sample some of the delights it has to offer.

After the first episode aired, the paper's review read, "Some things, unfortunately, don't change.  Neither does the increasingly dull formula of sending white British men to far-flung places in search of "strange and quirky" aspects of other cultures."

Ó Briain, noticing the irony within, tweeted, "Bravo @guardian telly review!  Accuses us of cultural insensitivity, while in the same sentence subsuming Ireland back into Britain..."

He added, "Calling me and Ed "white British men" is also irritating since the show was clearly a celebration of Malaysia's hugely diverse culture".

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