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US President Barack Obama is presented with a hurley from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin

US President Barack Obama is presented with a hurley from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin

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US President Barack Obama is presented with a hurley from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh

US President Barack Obama is presented with a hurley from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh

US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

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US President Barack Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin, where the two held talks.

US President Barack Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin, where the two held talks.

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr Martin McAleese, US President Barack Obama and Irish President Mary McAleese, meet school children, Onyedita Ukachukwu 8, Colm Dunne 9 and Margaret McDonagh 10,  at Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, following a tree planting ceremony, during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr Martin McAleese, US President Barack Obama and Irish President Mary McAleese, meet school children, Onyedita Ukachukwu 8, Colm Dunne 9 and Margaret McDonagh 10, at Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, following a tree planting ceremony, during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

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US President Barack Obama is greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

US President Barack Obama is greeted by Irish President Mary McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

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US President Barack Obama with Irish President Mary McAleese walking in the Francini corridor at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

US President Barack Obama with Irish President Mary McAleese walking in the Francini corridor at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

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US President Barack Obama with Dr Martin McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

US President Barack Obama with Dr Martin McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

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US President Barack Obama,(centre) walks with Irish President Mary McAleese, followed by her husband Dr Martin McAleese and First Lady Michelle Obama, at Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, Dublin

US President Barack Obama,(centre) walks with Irish President Mary McAleese, followed by her husband Dr Martin McAleese and First Lady Michelle Obama, at Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park, Dublin

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US President Barack Obama, Irish President Mary McAleese, her husband Dr Martin McAleese, and First Lady Michelle Obama, at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

US President Barack Obama, Irish President Mary McAleese, her husband Dr Martin McAleese, and First Lady Michelle Obama, at Aras an Uachtarain during President Obama's visit to Ireland.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's signatures in the visitors book at Aras an Uachtarain Phoenix Park in Dublin, during the President's visit to Ireland.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's signatures in the visitors book at Aras an Uachtarain Phoenix Park in Dublin, during the President's visit to Ireland.

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President of Ireland Mary McAleese, US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain as President Obama and Michelle Obama sign the visitors book during the President's visit to Ireland.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese, US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain as President Obama and Michelle Obama sign the visitors book during the President's visit to Ireland.

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President of Ireland Mary McAleese, US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain as President Obama and Michelle Obama sign the visitors book during the President's visit to Ireland.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese, US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Martin McAleese, at Aras an Uachtarain as President Obama and Michelle Obama sign the visitors book during the President's visit to Ireland.

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President Barack Obama, left, holds and swings a hurling stick as Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on.

President Barack Obama, left, holds and swings a hurling stick as Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on.

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US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

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US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

US President Barack Obama's visit to Ireland, May 2011

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A US military helicopter manoeuvres at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

A US military helicopter manoeuvres at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

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A member of the President's entourage is seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

A member of the President's entourage is seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

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Two US Marines are seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

Two US Marines are seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

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Two US Marines are seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

Two US Marines are seen at Dublin airport ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

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The President of the United States and his First Lady

The President of the United States and his First Lady

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Barack Hussein Obama

Barack Hussein Obama

Stephanie Casillas takes a picture of Maya Landry, 3, in a John McCain mask and Alex Vincelette, 3, in an Obama mask while their preschool class visits the Arroyo Vista Park polling place in Moorpark, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/The Ventura County Star, James Glover II)

Stephanie Casillas takes a picture of Maya Landry, 3, in a John McCain mask and Alex Vincelette, 3, in an Obama mask while their preschool class visits the Arroyo Vista Park polling place in Moorpark, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/The Ventura County Star, James Glover II)

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President-elect Barack Obama, left, his wife Michelle Obama, right, and two daughters, Malia, and Sasha, center left, wave to the crowd at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

President-elect Barack Obama, left, his wife Michelle Obama, right, and two daughters, Malia, and Sasha, center left, wave to the crowd at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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President-elect Barack Obama kisses wife, Michelle, after his acceptance speech at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

President-elect Barack Obama kisses wife, Michelle, after his acceptance speech at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters at a rally in Manassas, Va., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses supporters at a rally in Manassas, Va., Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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*** CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER *** University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students celebrate on the Alma Mater after Obama was announced the president-elect early Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2008 in Champaign, Ill.  (AP Photo/The Daily Illini - Ramzi Dreessen)

*** CORRECTS NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER *** University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students celebrate on the Alma Mater after Obama was announced the president-elect early Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2008 in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/The Daily Illini - Ramzi Dreessen)

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Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama cheer in the streets in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Stacie Freudnberg)

Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama cheer in the streets in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Stacie Freudnberg)

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Dennis Caudill, of Crown Point, Indiana, places a sign supporting Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the mantle at the home of Palin friends Brad and Kristan Cole, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, in Wasilla, Alaska. Caudill was part of a group of McCain supporters and friends from across the country gathered to watch election returns in Wasilla. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, is joined by Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, is joined by Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Joan Crecca kisses a life size cutout of presidential candidate John McCain at the Republican election party in Bellevue, Wash on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Crecca's husband Joe was a POW in Viet Nam at the same time as McCain. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Joan Crecca kisses a life size cutout of presidential candidate John McCain at the Republican election party in Bellevue, Wash on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Crecca's husband Joe was a POW in Viet Nam at the same time as McCain. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

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US President Barack Obama is presented with a hurley from Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Farmleigh, Dublin

US president Barack Obama has warned his opponents in Washington he can now keep them in line, thanks to a gift from Taoiseach Enda Kenny - a hurley stick.

Mr Obama swung the ash sports stick in the grounds of Farmleigh house and suggested it might deter members of Congress from going up against him.

Holding the stick with two hands, Mr Obama said: "If members of Congress aren't behaving, give 'em a little paddle, a little hurl."

The stick carried the inscription: "Presented to Barack Obama President of the United States of America on the occasion of his first visit to Ireland, May 2011 by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD."

One of two gifts, it was made by Philip Archibold of Heritage Hurleys. The other gift was a collection of myths and legends of Mr Obama's birthplace, Hawaii.

The hurley stick and the three-set volume of fairytales by Padraic Colum for Mr Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, were presented by the Taoiseach when the two leaders met in Dublin.

The irony of coming to his ancestral homeland Ireland to be presented with writings of his birthplace was not lost on the US president. He said: "It just confirms if you need someone to do good writing, you hire an Irishman."

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Mr Colum was commissioned by the Hawaiian legislature to trace the myths and legends of the Pacific Ocean islands and write them as children's stories.

Mr Obama was presented with the collection after meeting Mr Kenny at the Farmleigh estate in Dublin.

Mr Kenny said: "He produced three volumes of children's stories, which I presented. And I had the honour of a first edition, not to the president, not to the first lady, but to his children, Malia and Sasha, (of) stories of their daddy's birthplace."


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