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Sabina Higgins greets Britain’s Prince Charles in Glencree, County Wicklow yesterday

Steady on.

Peter L writes:

It’s wonderful that we have good relations with the British Royal family and all but is there a larger purpose to these visits and their frequency and the level of deferential intimacy on display? We are a Republic after all carrying a complicated history with these people….[we are] not hoteliers to the British elite…


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  1. Rob_G

    “… is there a larger purpose to these visits”

    – yes; promote understanding between neighbours, to reduce the likelihood of people starting to kill each other again. FML…

  2. Spud

    Great for promoting the land to visitors across the water, and indeed around the world.
    The English Market in Cork was always an attraction, but numbers surged after the Queens visit nearly 10 years ago.

  3. Gabby

    Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland and everyone should try to visit it. BTW nice to see Sabina tickling a smile out of the generally sombre Prince.

    1. missred

      I have two Wicklow trips this month and in July, it is indeed the garden of Ireland…

  4. Catherine costelloe

    3.5 million British holiday here. …..great to promote the Emerald Isle!

  5. Termagant

    The Republic of Ireland haven’t been in conflict with the United Kingdom for almost a hundred years. Maybe it’s time to gently lower the hatchet into its hole and cover it over Pete me old mucker.

  6. RuilleBuille

    The Brits still occupy six counties of our country.

    No amount of obsequiousness behaviour will change that fact.

    1. millie st meadowlark

      We don’t want them, the embittered, sectarian nutjobs. Her Majesty can keep them.

      1. Iwerzon

        Hi Millie – I’m from the ’embittered’ place you describe.Whenever the British relinquish our 6 ‘northern collective’ ,as Seamus Heaney most eloquently described it, we will then commence getting our 26 counties back.

        1. Rob_G

          Grand job – once you become self-supporting and manage to introduce gay marriage and abortion legislation, be sure to give us a shout.

    2. rotide

      I always struggle with the word ‘occupation’. It’s as if the tanks rolled in 100 years ago and whisked a quarter of the country away from us.

      If a border poll was called and the people voted to stay in the UK, would it still be occupied?

      1. Cian

        Perhaps the ‘Brits’ will leave NI…and Scotland, Wales and England and go back to Normandy where they belong!

  7. EK

    That’s just Sabina. She’s a thespian. I worked with her once on a comedy show. Michael D is now her straight man.

    1. realPolithicks

      It’s funny, I actually read that as she’s a lesbian and Michael D is her straight man.

  8. kalilileth

    Just waiting for the invitation to rejoin the commonwealth…which would sort out the border problem for brexit and leave us free to play both sides – trading with europe and britain without restrictions. Have been waiting for this since the whole brexit nonsense started. Lets see how it plays out…

  9. Spaghetti Hoop

    I thought all these visits might be King-ing practice for when he lands the job and craves the popularity. He knows we are receivers of British media and perhaps believes he has a fan or two here who don’t give a fiddlers about his mistress-now-wife becoming Queen of England. Also, ‘Uncle Dicky’ loved it over here.

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