Taoiseach praises 'incredible courage' of Six Nations champions

By Mary Regan (Irish Examiner Political Editor), in Boston

The Taoiseach has praised the "incredible courage" of the Irish Rugby team following their Six Nations victory in Paris.

Speaking after a Saint Patrick's Day breakfast attended by 1,000 members of the Irish community in Boston, Enda Kenny said Joe Schmidt's team "epitomised what the fighting Irish should be about".

The Taoiseach watched the game in Washington during his six-day visit to the United States, where President Barack Obama hailed the "legendary Brian O'Driscoll" on Friday night.

"It was almost in danger of being of a repeat of New Zealand - against the All Blacks," Mr Kenny said today.

"The team showed incredible courage. it was a very physical match. But fair play to them, they epitomised what the fighting Irish should be about."

He said: "Like the Red Sox here in Boston, they won the world championship after the tragedy last year.

"But my message is always that when we apply ourselves to a single objective, there is acutually nothing that can stop us. Not even Les Blues on this occasion."

KEYWORDS: Enda Kenny
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