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Children have the chance to ‘smash Trump’ as baby blimp models unveiled

Maria Valdez Cortez-Plower, from Durango in Mexico, makes pinata dolls as a hobby.

Children in Ireland have the chance to smash Donald Trump after baby blimp models designed to be shattered went on sale in Dublin (Liam McBurney/PA).
Children in Ireland have the chance to smash Donald Trump after baby blimp models designed to be shattered went on sale in Dublin (Liam McBurney/PA).

Children in Ireland have been given the chance to smash Donald Trump after baby blimp models designed to be shattered went on sale in Dublin.

It is the idea of Maria Valdez Cortez-Plower, 40, from Durango in Mexico, who makes pinatas as a hobby.

They are created from paper and dried hard in less than a day. Children break them at birthday parties to access treats hidden inside.

Ms Valdez Cortez-Plower produced five pinatas bearing the face of the US president to mark his visit to Ireland.

They are on sale for 40 euro (£35) each at the Picado Mexican food shop and cookery school in south Dublin.

She said: “This is a symbol of happiness in Mexico. When you whack it you bring all of the goodness out of the sweets or fruit and it symbolises a new beginning.

I decided to do the Donald Trump so that no one would be feeling harsh about whacking him Maria Valdez Cortez-Plower

“In Mexico they just do it with your favourite character but in Ireland they just find it quite harsh.

“So I decided to do the Donald Trump so that no one would be feeling harsh about whacking him.”

It takes 20 hours to make a pinata. Ms Valdez Cortez-Plower said it is hard to dry them in Ireland because of the wet weather, but the end result is worth the effort.

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It takes 20 hours to make a pinata but it is hard to dry due to the wet Irish weather (Liam McBurney/PA)

“They just love it, you just create a big smile on people.”

President Trump referenced the wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico during a meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

He expressed confidence that a solution would be found to keep the Irish border open after Brexit.

Ms Valdez Cortez-Plower said: “Well I think he is just a divider, divide and conquer, he just likes to be a divider and to be all the time in the news.”

She said he did not know anything about the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which largely ended violence in Northern Ireland and enshrined co-operation with the Republic on matters like tourism.

She suggested building a wall creates a barrier and is detrimental to people, politics and religious harmony.

She said Ireland’s values are different from the US president’s, adding: “People are friendly and want to do something for their lives.

“It is not only about the money, it is to express the culture, community, to be social, to move forward and evolve as a society. Also to be friendly to the environment.

“It does not matter if you are black, white, yellow, orange or you are coming from any other nation. You are a person with a right to be treated the same way.”

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