Lise Hand: Not so much X Factor as cringe factor
The Taoiseach surveyed the cream of our international diplomatic corps who were seated in front of him, under the glittering chandeliers of the ballroom in Iveagh House.
"For your information, this is the Leinster dressing room at half time in Cardiff, so nobody goes out the door, you go out the window or the walls," declared Enda with gusto.
Golly, this was going to be mighty. Already the rousing clarion call-to-arms by Jonny Sexton to his struggling team-mates at half-time during the Heineken Cup Final has acquired the legendary status of King Henry V's impassioned speech before the Battle of Agincourt.