A US politician who provided the inspiration for the hit TV series The Wire has been honoured by the Irish-American community.
Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley (right) is said to be the real-life character behind colourful TV mayor Thomas Carcetti.
Last night he was given The Leadership Award by well-known American Ireland Fund, which has raised over €300m for charitable causes.
The former mayor of Baltimore was acknowledged at a gala dinner with more than 700 guests for his support of the Northern Ireland peace process and his contribution to Irish affairs in America.
Prior to his award, Governor O'Malley paid tribute to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a business lunch in the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, telling him: "I know you climbed Kilimanjaro, which is good training for what's to come."
Sun shines on
IRISH celebrations in Washington are set to be heated up by unseasonably warm weather.
The US capitol will be twice as warm as Dublin by the time Enda Kenny emerges from his mid-morning meeting with Barack Obama.
Temperatures around the White House will be 19C for St Patrick's Day marking one of the warmest in recent days. Friday will spike at 25C.
In contrast, forecasts in Dublin say the main parade will be "rather cold" with highest temperatures ranging from just 6C to 9C .
Enda's wife is
treated to tour
ENDA KENNY'S wife Fionnuala has plucked the trump card during festivities in Washington.
While the Taoiseach has engaged in a hectic series of official functions and photo calls, Mrs Kenny has escaped to see the sights of the US capitol.
She was not present for most of the pre-St Patrick's Day celebrations, with the exception of last night's black tie dinner for the American Ireland Fund.
A source told the Herald: "A parallel programme has been organised. She has spent the day with the wife of US Ambassador Michael Collins."