Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

Although she stopped short of an outright apology for the “heartache, turbulence and loss” of the past century, the Queen said: “We can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.”

The landmark speech during a state dinner at Dublin Castle included a direct reference to the murder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten, by the IRA, when the Queen said the “events have touched us all, many of us personally”.

But her overriding message was one of “forbearance and conciliation” as she spoke of being able “to bow to the past, but not be bound by it”.

The Queen Acknowledges ‘Sad And Regrettable’ Mistakes Of Britain’s Troubled Relationship With Ireland (Gordon Rayner, Telegraph)

FULL TEXT: Speech By Queen Elizabeth II (RTE News)


Tonight’s State Dinner Menu

Rib of Slaney Valley Beef, ox cheek and tongue with smoked champ potato and fried spring cabbage, new season broad beans and carrots with pickled and wild garlic leaf.

Cured salmon with Burren smoked salmon cream and lemon balm jelly, horseradish and wild watercress, Kilkenny organic cold pressed rapeseed oil

Carrageen set West Cork cream with Meath strawberries, fresh yoghurt mousse and soda bread sugar biscuits, Irish apple balsamic vinegar meringue

Irish Cheese Plate

Tea and Coffee

Château de Fieuzal, 2005, Graves Pessac-Léognan

Château Lynch-Bages, 1998, Pauillac

Flaming sambucas (optional).

The State Dinner (RTE)

“This is pure, unbridled, unapologetic masculinity to its core… If this car were a man it would have a mane of hair, a shirt unbuttoned to the waist, leather trousers, a medallion and he’d be drenched in aftershave. And nobody would laugh.”

Is this not the worst thing you’ve ever heard about a Lamborghini or any car or anything ever?

Yours for €255,000 + taxes.

Cocktail Of Control, Power And Noise (Nick Wall, Irish Times)