Thursday 8 December 2016

Perfidious Albion? No, but the Queen forgot her Irish friends

Those who risked their lives to make this week's royal visit possible have simply been overlooked, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00

SO members of the public will not be allowed to gawk at the Queen while she is here. All the roads around any of her engagements will be sealed off. Because they are worried one of us would kill her or that we'd start rioting. Let's hope she doesn't die of boredom instead.

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If I live to be the Queen's age, my ambition would be that I do not have to spend my time traipsing around the Tyndall Institute in Cork in the company of current and former presidents of UCC, Richard Bruton and Pat Rabbitte, amongst others.

I'm sure the Tyndall Institute is a fabulous place and I admire the fact that they are apparently working on a painless needle. But Jaysus, you'd rather be sticking needles in your eyes than going around that when you're her age.

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