Charles Haughey was Taoiseach (Prime Minister, pron. Tea Shock) when the Republic of Ireland team made its first appearance at a World Cup finals in 1990. He went to the Irish dressing room to congratulate the dejected players after their quarter final defeat at the hands of Italy.
Some of the players were eligible to to play through Irish ancestry and were not as au fait with certain issues as perhaps they should have been:
“Who the f*ck is he?” Tony Cascarino asked Niall Quinn.
“For God’s sake,” Quinn replied. “That’s the Taoiseach.”
“Who is it, Cas?” asked Andy Townsend.
“I dunno,” Cascarino replied. “Quinny says he owns a tea shop.”
Well I thought it was funny!