Saturday 17 February 2018

'Probably only read about Ireland once... thinks they're Irish' -2FM DJs rant over US student discovering Galway artefact

Chris and Ciara. Photo: RTE
Chris and Ciara. Photo: RTE

Sasha Brady

Two 2fm DJs pulled no punches when they launched an astonishing rant live on air.

Chris and Ciara were standing in on Breakfast Republic this morning, while hosts Bernard, Keith and Jennifer were away.

They went on a rant about an American student finding a rare 12th century brooch on Omey Island, off the coast of Connemara.

Chris and Ciara are both from Connemara, and are livid that McKenna McFadden (20) from Arizona, USA found the brooch rather than a local person.

They vented their frustration live on air, even taking swipe at the student's name.

"Firstly the first name is McKenna," said Chris.

"Can you imagine the parents that would name a kid 'Mc-something Mc-something'?"

The two were incensed that the discovery hadn't been made by someone from the area.

"Wouldn't it be better if someone from the local area found it?" said Claire.

Chris added: "You find a thing that's about a thousand year old and McKenna McFadden finds it.

"Probably wearing an auld Northface jacket, had probably been in Temple Bar and spent €9 on a pint of Guinness, probably only read about Ireland once in a book and watched The Departed and thinks they're Irish... and then comes to Ireland and finds part of our history, part of our culture!"

McKenna happened to be in town today to present the brooch to The National Museum of Ireland... and she heard the on-air rant. She called in to set the record straight.

"I was walking along and I was like, 'oh cool, somebody dropped this!'" she said, before explaining how her tour guide 'flipped out' when she showed it to him.

The artifact has been confirmed as being about NINE centuries old by Galway City Heritage Officer, Jim Higgins.

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