Day Two: The Queen in the Irish Republic

Posted on May 19, 2011


In a statement last night, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the import of the Queen’s remarks would be judged by the actions of her government. “I believe that her expression of sincere sympathy for those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past is genuine.” [Irish Times]

Adams’ words were considerably more muted than in the past.  But that is the effect of  being in the presence of this remarkable woman.  She has a long memory and a wealth of experience and she calls upon it to remind all of us that looking into the telescope of  history is a good thing.  But she is very much forward looking and is busy laying the foundation for those who will come after her.

Here are a few highlights of this second historic day:

Protecting the Queen

Long strides and determination keep the Queen on the move. Photo credit Irish Central

Chief among her destinations, a wreath laying at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge. Photo credit Irish Central

And the scene of the unforgettable British Army Massacre:

The English monarch will witness exhibition hurling and football matches at the site of the original Bloody Sunday atrocity.

British forces invaded Croke Park and killed 14 people including Tipperary player Michael Hogan on Sunday, November 21st 1920.

Photo credit Irish Times

And at the end of the day – a speech at Dublin Castle that approached an apology

And she spoke in Gaelic - photo credit Irish Times

The speech in its entirety may be found here.

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