Last year it was Padraig Harrington and Katie Taylor who were special guests of the Obamas at the White House for St Patrick’s Day – this year the honour falls to two GAA players.
The ‘who’s who’ list of well known faces travelling abroad for St Patrick’s Day festivities is likely to include two top GAA players this year after Tipperary hurling captain Eoin Kelly and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan have been invited to the White House for the March 17 celebrations.
The GAA’s official website, www.gaa.ie reveals that the two players have been included on a list of influential dignitaries that is traditionally headed up by the Taoiseach who marks the occasion by presenting the President of the United States with a bowl of shamrock.
It will be the first time that the list has included two current GAA players, and both are expected to attend despite their upcoming match commitments.
Dublin face Mayo in Allianz League action on Sunday week while Tipperary are not in action again until they play Cork on March 27.
The invites come in recognition of excellent individual contributions to the players’ respective 2010 Championship campaigns.
Kelly captained Tipperary to their first All-Ireland success since 2001 while Brogan was the Footballer Of The Year in Dublin’s resurrected season which saw them reach the All-Ireland semi-final, which they lost to eventual winners Cork by a point.
GAA President ,was also invited to attend the event but is remaining at home to attend the President’s Awards on March 16 and the AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Championship finals at Croke Park the following day.