Let England Shake



This afternoon.

Prince Charles and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams with Gearoid O Conluain, of NUI Galway (top), during the Royal visit to NUI Galway.

John Bruton must be rolling in his grave.

Earlier: Was It For This?

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


Digging the old sod.

From top: Prince Charles greets Tanaiste Joan Burton and Arts Minister Heather Humphries; Charles with Barry Houlihan , Archivist at the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland Galway; The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles planting a tree in the grounds of the university with Maeve Browne and President of NUIG Professor Jim Browne.

(DFA/Photocall Ireland)



From top: Prince Charle in the Burren, Co Clare with Brigid Barry from Burren Beo, a local community organisation; with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Marine Institute, oranmore, Co Galway; with President Higgins and Sabina and the Duchess of Cornwall at Lough Cutra Castle, Galway.

(DFA/Photocall Ireland)

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64 thoughts on “Let England Shake

  1. Clampers Outside!

    Fair play to you Charles, fair play indeed, for showing that you are in fact, representing a mature nation with an eye on better relations, and for you yourself, you’ve shown to be the bigger man ( ie Gerry avoiding the Queen on the last visit was pathetic small man stuff).

    I’d’ve boxed the head off him.

    1. Don Pidgeoni

      +1. I feel a bit sorry for old Charlie having to shake hands with someone who was responsible for killing a family member. Not sure I could do that.

    2. Mr. T.

      Well done to Adams too. And I presume you mean the English Queen Clampers? There’s plenty of countries which have Queens.

      1. B Hewson

        When people refer to the queen in Ireland, 99% of the time they mean the Queen of England. Royalists or not.

      2. Kolmo

        Well done to Adams too, various regiments associated with Mr Windsor there tried to kill Mr. Adams, on a number of occasions – so a good day for both nations.

        1. Rob_G

          Didn’t they reckon that MI5 saved him from an assassination attempt by supplying the loyalists with dodgy bullets – the car was riddled, and yet he didn’t sustain serious injuries?

          1. Kolmo

            “car was riddled” – they just missed, I don’t think the Mi5 were ever inclined to save him by supplying the gunmen with bullets and bombs and facilitating numerous assassination attempts..

      3. ahjayzis

        Yeah +1 Mr. T

        Some clarification was desperately needed here. In a comment containing references to Liz’s son under a post about Liz’s son from an Irish person on an Irish website I didn’t know whether they meant Queen Letizia of Spain or Madonna ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  2. eamonn clancy

    Gerry’s trying hard not to think of the old rhyme; “13 dead and not forgotten, we got 18 and Mountbatten”

    1. Jonotti

      And I feel sorry for the people of Derry, who suffered 13 deaths on Bloody Sunday, shot dead by the Parachute Regiment of which Charles is the head. Charles has never apologised for that. Also, Mountbatten was a terrible man. When he died, Indian celebrated with champagne. He did awful things as governor there.

        1. Jonotti

          Yes, when Mountbatten died, as you’ll find in any history book, there were impromptu parties in Mumbai. The people of Indian hated Mountbatten for obvious reasons. As did Gandhi.

          1. shitferbrains

            What obvious reasons ? He ceded Kashmir to them. If anyone had a gripe it would have been Pakistan.

          2. Jonotti

            Mounthbatten was responsible for the deaths of many Indian pro-Independence activists.

        1. Jonotti

          Yeah, idiotic to bring up the fact that Mountbatten sponsored state terrorism, and that Charles is the head of the Parachute regiment. Sorry to interrupt your sentimental royal orgasm.

          1. scottser

            while i rarely agree with either of the jonottis, this one is actually correct. louis gets rightly criticised for the dodgy partition of india and the resultant deaths due to rioting, abductions and displacement – 7-odd million if i remember right.

          2. Miko

            Why? Was there some magical way Mohntbatten could have given the Indian Sub continent independence without bloodshed? How is Mountbatten responsible for the inevitable religious tensions released with self rule? Perhaps Gandhi should be blamed for that?

    1. Mister Mister

      And your lips are now in synch with your voice. What the hell is going on here ?

  3. Mr. T.

    Everyone praising Prince Charles while ignoring the huge step that is for Gerry Adams also. Both of them have their supporters and detractors. And Adam’s detractors are closer to him than Charles’.

    Wise up and stop pandering like idiots to a foreign royal.

    1. Just sayin'

      We’re not pandering to a foreign royal. We’re just not fond of our domestic terrorist.

      1. Jonotti

        When the UK bombed Iraq to smithereens, was that terrorism? When Charles commends British troops, is that support for terrorism?

        1. ahjayzis

          Yep, the UK did some ugly sh*t, so did Adams. Just cause Osama’s a bastard doesn’t mean I’m up for dinner and a movie with Timothy McVeigh.

    2. ahjayzis

      I’m sorry, you’ll have to clarify. Is that Prince Charles of Wales, or Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma?

      Please remember we’re Irish and don’t necessarily understand sentence context – also please be advised we’re all only barely aware of the British Royal Family, and as patriots and republicans we’re far more au fait with farther flung royal houses *sniff*

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        ‘And our women have never even heard of ‘Hello’ so you’ll have to clarify this whole Duchess business.’

  4. newsjustin

    Let’s hear it for Gearoid O Conluain. Standing there like a true gentleman. Time to forgive and forget.

  5. realPolithicks

    I thought I felt a distortion in the time, space continuum earlier today, I guess this explains it.

  6. AdvertisingOnPoliceCars

    Canadian vets cheered when Mountbatten went boom, pay back for the Dieppe raid in 1942 that eneded in the slaughter of Canadian troops

    1. ahjayzis

      Woohoo! Great stuff!

      The 14 year old, 15 year old and 83 year old that “went boom” at the same time totally “went boom” for a good cause in that case! Keep on boomin’ on, wha? AMIRIGHT?

    2. Miko

      The Dieppe raid and the lessons learned saved thousands of allied lives on D Day including the Canadians. Not to mention the hundreds if not millions of lives the Russians saved by having dozens of German divisions tied up on the French coast along with the material to fortify it.

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