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.
Thursday was the third anniversary of Martin McGuinness’ decision to stand down as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister and close that early chapter in the current, as yet unrealised, normalisation of that society, its relationships with its neighbours, and its neighbours’ relationship with it.
The term annus horribilis was used by Queen Elizabeth to describe the year 1992, in which three of her children’s marriages split up and one of her castles burnt down. Quite how horribilis things can really be when you get paid millions by the taxpayer to wave and shake hands with people was never fully looked into at the time.
A “dramatic illumination” of Connemara mountains, snapshots of Homer’s Odyssey on Galway beaches and tightrope walking across the river Corrib are among highlights of the Galway 2020 European capital of culture unveiled on Wednesday evening.
Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of children to school, and saved millions of lives through vaccination programmes and other innovative initiatives.
Luxury fashion retailer Brown Thomas showcased its autumn/winter 19 collections at the Examination Hall in Trinity College, Dublin, flanked by ornamental pilasters and imposing whole-length portraits of Queen Elizabeth and eminent alumni. The message of the 90-look show was clear – gutsy glamour is top of the new season curriculum.
In a midsummer week that may culminate when — if — the sinister buffoon Boris Johnson becomes the 14th British prime minister of Queen Elizabeth’s near seven-decade reign, it is not hard to argue that politics have failed.
One of the star speakers at yesterday’s anti-Trump demonstrations in London was the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who — faithful to his 30-year career as a protestor — declined an invitation to attend the Buckingham Palace banquet normally held for state visits.
A pensioner who put a bomb on a bus bound for Dublin and made hoax bomb threats during Queen Elizabeth’s State visit to Ireland has lost an appeal against his conviction which focused on Irish language rights.
When Britain’s Queen Elizabeth visited Ireland in May 2011 she was shown a small statue of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, by college historian John A Murphy and told the strange story of how, in 1934, amidst republican fervour, the beautiful limestone sculpture was buried in the garden of UCC.