Being the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives doesn't guarantee that you'll be recognised in an Irish pub
Speaking at his second Friends of Ireland luncheon last week, that was attended by president Donald Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Paul Ryan admitted that he was mistaken for a Dublin hurler on a trip to the Emerald Isle.
"When your name is Paul Ryan, you can really blend in. Not always though. One time I was in a pub, talking to this fellow. I tell him my name, and he says, ‘oh, Paul Ryan…you’re the hurler from Ballyboden!’ I said, ‘No, no…the musician from Wicklow'," he said
“Those are both real guys, by the way. The Irish are so passionate about their music and their sports too. There is actually a story they tell in Kilkenny about a family out to dinner. The father calls the waiter over and says, ‘Sorry lad, my son spilled the water.’ The waiter says, ‘No problem sir, I’ll get you a new one.’ The father grabs the waiter’s arm and says, ‘OK…but make sure this one likes hurling.’
"My family is from Kilkenny, so I had to go with a hurling joke."
His namesake has won six Dublin titles with Ballyboden St Enda's and a Leinster inter-county title in 2013.