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For Queen and Ireland

The Queen has won respect from many Irish who thought they were immune for the brisk and unsentimental way she has shattered a history of enmity

By Colin Murphy  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh greet Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Picture: The Irish Labour Party

I joined the small crowd at the barrier to watch the Queen drive past. “Will she be on a horse?” a boy asked the nearest policeman. The policeman replied in a strong Donegal accent.

“Mister,” said a girl, “are all the police today from Donegal because the Queen owns dem countries?” (Whatever the status of the six counties of Northern Ireland, the Queen very definitely has no claim on Donegal, which is part of the republic, though in the northwest of the island.)


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