It is remarkable the extent to which the British royal family continues to take a personal interest in Ireland. Despite Brexit, a number of visits by its members reflects a growing maturity in the relationship between our two countries.
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Ahead of today’s President’s Cup match in Cork, President Michael D Higgins sits down to talk football withand the result is a conversation encompassing the League of Ireland, Fifa, Roy Keane, Jose Mourinho and Kofi Annan, as well as Seamus Coleman meeting the Duke of Edinburgh, that Jon Walters selfie and how he’d like to see Ireland play at Euro 2016.
SEWN together with as much care as this landmark State visit, it was joint admiration of a fan made from handcrafted Youghal lace which saw queen Elizabeth and President Higgins relax into laughter after the spectacle of the welcome to Windsor Castle.