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I fear the Queen may have been royally bored with that show

Surely the Convention Centre concert could have added Van, Sinead and Shane to the bill? asks Declan Lynch

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

There was of course a flaw in the otherwise perfect Youghal carpet that we laid under the feet of Her Majesty. Most of you probably know what it was, and would prefer just to forget about it, which would be my attitude too.

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But maybe we should quietly acknowledge it, in this little part of the paper, fenced off from the rest of the coverage. And then in our new spirit of maturity, we should simply pretend that it never happened.

Actually if you didn't see it, you should just pretend that you didn't read this, and turn the page. Clearly I'm referring to that strange event at the National Conference Centre which was shown on RTE: "A very special performance featuring the very best of Irish music both traditional and contemporary" -- or, if you like, an evening of corporate entertainment.

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