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Taoiseach to attend famine memorial ceremony in Rhode Island

"T-Shock" Enda Kenny today travels from New York to Rhode Island to meet the Governor and attend a famine memorial ceremony.

Having addressed the United Nations yesterday as well as attending a banquet held by US President Barack Obama, Mr Kenny and his delegation will travel by train from Manhattan to Rhode Island where he will be hosted by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.

Promoting the visit on his official website, Mr Chaffee's office made sure to educate the locals as to the pronunciation of our leader's Gaelic title.

"The Governor will host Ireland's Taoiseach (pronounced 'T – shock') Enda Kenny and other Irish officials during an afternoon visit to Rhode Island on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014," the official notice said.

Mr Kenny will attend a reception at the State House and visit the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial in Providence this evening.

The Taoiseach met the Governor in Ireland in May during a trade mission aimed at developing the Rhode Island's relationship and growth opportunities for businesses in Ireland. As a result of the visit, Rhode Island and Ireland have been exploring business and tourism opportunities.

"We continue to find ways to strengthen our role in global economic discussions," Governor Chafee said. "Recent economic indicators show that we are off to our best start in 30 years and companies want to do business in Rhode Island. We must look beyond our borders to the international community to remain competitive with our neighbouring states," he added.

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