Tubridy 'honoured' to act as royal tour guide
Published 22/04/2011 | 05:00
HE could soon be working for the BBC.
But broadcaster Ryan Tubridy's first British audience will be Queen Elizabeth II herself.
The 'Late Late Show' host revealed yesterday that he will be acting as personal tour guide to the British monarch when she visits Ireland next month.
Officials have asked the 37-year-old to point out the major sights of Dublin when the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, ascend to the Gravity Bar, on the top floor of the Guinness Storehouse in the capital on Wednesday, May 18.
Tubridy said he was honoured to have been chosen.
"I'm involved a little bit. There's an element of the visit which involves the queen seeing Dublin from a height and I'll be showing her that and talking about the different sights around town," he said.
"I'll be pointing out the sights and the sounds of Dublin and welcoming her and her husband."
Tubridy, whose grandfather Todd Andrews played an active role in the IRA during the War Of Independence, also defended the queen's plans to visit sacred Republican landmarks, including Croke Park, the scene of one of the worst atrocities on record, when British troops shot dead 14 people in November 1920, and the Garden of Remembrance.
"She's doing some very important visits and ones that are historically fascinating and which will have an impact on us in terms of her acknowledging historical difficulties," he said.
"I think it's going to be great."
But he said the most important benefit of the visit, which includes stop-offs at the Rock of Cashel and Cork, will be to showcase the best parts of Ireland to the rest of the world and give the tourism industry here a much-needed boost.