The Australian Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader may occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum but they were united before the Celtic skirl of Bruce Grice’s pipes in Brisbane in 2010, reported the Brisbane Courier.
On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, the pair were guest speakers at the Queensland Irish Club’s annual dinner, where pipe major Grice has been piping prime ministers, premiers, ambassadors and heads of state for more than decade.
He’s also a pig. An Irish pig, or at least a member of Murphy’s Pigs, he says as he sits in the sepulchral quiet of the main function room of the Irish Club, the chairs stacked and mid-morning sun playing across the leadlight windows. It will be a different scene on Tuesday, the room crowded with the good and the great for one of the country’s pre-eminent St Patrick’s Day dinners, the conversation and claret flowing in equal quantities.