US President Joe Biden called the Ireland rugby team following Saturday’s win over the All Blacks.
Irish Rugby tweeted a photo of President Biden addressing the team at their hotel following the famous victory at the Aviva Stadium.
Commenting on it, they said: “Incredible to have @POTUS address the team after today’s win over the @AllBlacks.”
President Biden also called Taoiseach Micheal Martin after the game to congratulate him.
In a phone conversation shortly after the nine-point triumph, the 78-year-old told the Fianna Fail leader, “Well done, I’m delighted for you.”
It is understood President Biden spoke about his own experiences playing American football in college -and he even mentioned his distant cousin Rob Kearney.
The Taoiseach told the US President: “Any day you beat the All Blacks is a good day in Ireland.”
The pair also discussed the recent meeting at COP26.
A spokesman for the Taoiseach confirmed: “President Biden rang the Taoiseach to congratulate Ireland on the team’s victory over New Zealand in the rugby international.
“The President also told the Taoiseach he was pleased to have met him at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow last week.”
Biden’s great-grandfather, James Finnegan emigrated from Co Louth as a child all the way back in 1850 -and he is related through that link to Irish rugby players Rob and Dave Kearney.
And all eight of his great-great-grandparents on his mother’s side was born in Ireland.
President Biden had earlier sent his well-wishes to the Ireland team ahead of their huge Test match against the All Blacks and recalled the team’s historic first triumph five years ago.
He stated: “I was thrilled to congratulate the entire team, especially my cousin Rob Kearney, back in 2016 when you first beat the All Blacks in Chicago – a historic moment in Irish rugby.”
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