WATCH: Near Miss As Ball Whizzes By Biden’s Head During Irish Girls’ Camogie Match
DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 13: US President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meet Camogie players at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park on April 13, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland. US President Joe Biden has travelled to Northern Ireland and Ireland with his sister Valerie Biden Owens and son Hunter Biden to explore his family's Irish heritage and mark the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement.
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President Joe Biden took in a girls’ camogie match while traveling in Ireland – and he almost got more than he bargained for when an errant ball sailed off the field and right past his head.

Camogie is a team sport played with a ball and sticks that vaguely resembles field hockey or lacrosse — and Biden stood alongside Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar at the edge of the field near one goal, chatting as the girls from St Brigid’s GAA Club showed off their skills.

But then a ball — called a sliotar – got away from the girls and flew by the president’s head, just over his left shoulder. Biden turned as it flew by and started to walk toward where it had landed, apparently intending to retrieve the ball himself – but one of the players ran past him and picked it up.


Biden’s visit to Ireland has resulted in a few unflattering headlines for the president so far, with members of the White House Press Corps complaining before he even left Washington about the fact that no official press conference was planned either domestically or abroad.

Fox News anchor Dana Perino even asked why members of the press corps were even following the president to Ireland if he wasn’t planning to talk to them.


When Biden departed, critics questioned his choice of travel companions — namely the fact that his embattled son Hunter Biden, who is still the subject of federal investigation, was selected to travel with his father.

And on his first day in the Emerald Isle, the relatively gaffe-prone president managed to confuse a world-famous rugby team from New Zealand – the All Blacks – with the Black and Tans, a British paramilitary group with a brutal reputation that dates back to Ireland’s war for independence (1919-1921).

As Irish comedian Oliver Callan noted, “The greatest gift Ireland wanted from Joe Biden was a signature gaffe. And be the holies didn’t he just go and give us one for the century.”


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