Thursday, 19 May 2011

Irish State Visit: II



the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this morning visited Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, and were received by Mr. John Kennedy (Managing Director, Diageo Ireland), Mr. Paul Carty (Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse) and the Lord Mayor of Dublin (Councillor Gerry Breen).
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness toured the Storehouse and met members of staff and local residents.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh afterwards visited Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, and were received by Mr. Enda Kenny, Mr. Eamon Gilmore, Mr. Sean Barrett  and Senator Pat Moylan. 
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, with The Irish President, later visited Irish National War Memorial Park, Islandbridge, Dublin, and were received by Mr. Michael Noonan (Minister for Finance).
The Queen laid a wreath
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon visited Croke Park, Dublin, and were received by the President of Gaelic Athletic Association (Mr. Christy Cooney) and Mr. Jimmy Deenihan (Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht).
Her Majesty, escorted by the Irish President, and The Duke of Edinburgh, escorted by Mr. Páraic Duffy (Director General, Gaelic Athletic Association), toured Croke Park, viewing demonstrations and displays and meeting players and representatives of Gaelic sports, music and dance.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were entertained this evening at a State Dinner given by The Irish President and Dr. Martin McAleese at Dublin Castle.


Grannymar said...

Tim, You forgot the real details. The Queen or #bettyIE as she is called on Twitter, had a hurley stick in her hands at Croke Park, she spoke Irish at the Castle and the top of her white outfit had 2,000 lace shamrocks embroidered on it and she wore a silver Harp brooch.

madpierre said...

I thought that The Duke of Edinburgh would have tried a sip of the old black stuff at least!! maybe it was a bit too early, visits of that nature are always best done late in the day rather than first thing!

Timothy Belmont said...

HRH may have already indulged in aa modest restorative; wouldn't have wished to mix the old liquer, what. ;-)

Jonathan Kennedy said...

I read in The Irish Times today that the Queen also met the Earl of Iveagh at the Guinness Storehouse, and of course she is staying at Farmleigh, the former Iveagh seat in the Phoenix Park.

Did you notice at the state dinner last night the Star of the Order of St. Patrick, in the display case on the wall behind the Queen?

Timothy Belmont said...

Hi Jonathan,

Indeed I did spot the insignia on display behing the top table.

I expected to see the Abercorns, Ballyedmonds and Desmonds on the guest-list, though they weren't.

More likely they were at a private dinner in Farmleigh.

Anonymous said...

One thinks that you Lord Belmont who pertains to be a fervent Royalist 'cherry picks 're. Queen
Elizabeth's State Visit to Ireland. H.M.has been an inspiration-especially her speech last night and ALL the venues she visited over these past two days .A job well done.What a great lady.

Timothy Belmont said...

Anon, forgive me if I have omitted any particular venue. I've been guided by the Court Circular.

madpierre said...

Did you notice the great view over Dublin from the "Gravity Bar" probably well named as after a few restoratives nature would tend to help you find your way down