Saturday 18 November 2017

John Drennan: Mr Kenny goes to Washington, and isn't dwarfed amid empire's panoply

The Taoiseach has an instinctive empathy with the American spirit, writes John Drennan from Capitol Hill

AT Washington's inspirational Second World War Memorial, a newly married bride clad in a glowing cream wedding gown walks among the fountains and the cherry blossoms that are streaked by a timorous March light.

As her husband joins her and they hold hands in that way couples who are in love do, I reflect that a war memorial is a curious place to be on your wedding day. But then, to often largely unsmiling Irish eyes, America is a strange land.

Perhaps the couple may have been en route to read the inspiring words of the little-known author Walter Lord about the Battle of Midway.

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