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Arnold Schwarzenegger offers invite to Taoiseach as the pair meet in Texas

Arnold Schwarzenegger offers invite to Taoiseach as the pair meet in Texas”

He added: "A few years ago, on a visit to Ireland, a representative of the Choctaw Nation called your support for us "a sacred memory".

Tomorrow, he will travel to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma to commemorate the relief the tribe provided to Ireland during the starvation.

After further stops in Texas and then Oklahoma, Mr Varadkar travels to Washington DC on Tuesday where he will deliver a foreign policy address to the Brookings Institution.

"Halito. Minko Batton, Himak nittak a Durant vla li ka a kana hosh si aiyokpachi ka yakoke, chim achi li", he said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, during his trip to the United States for St Patrick's Day.

"For me, the story of our two peoples symbolises the spirit of St Patrick better than anything else", he said.

"The Choctaw Nation, which had very limited resources, gave money to help a country clear across the ocean and its people", Fallin said after the event.

Varadkar began the first openly gay prime minister in Ireland when he was elected to office in June 2017.

"To always look outwards as a nation".

On March 23, 1847, members of the Choctaw Nation raised $170 for Irish potato starvation relief, an incredible sum at the time worth in the tens of thousands of dollars today.

"Back in the nineteenth century, when the Irish people were oppressed, abused, neglected and degraded by our colonial master, at our lowest, your spirit of generosity was at its highest", Mr Varadkar said.

"There is no exact translation, but it means that people live under the wing of others. We rely on each other".

The two nations share a rich history dating back to 1847, when the Choctaw Nation sent money to Ireland during the great starvation. Sixteen years after being forced off their lands in 1831 and forced to make a 500-mile trek to present-day Oklahoma, the Choctaws learned of people starving in Ireland.



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