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GAA president Christy Cooney presenting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a hurley and sliotar at Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday
GAA president Christy Cooney presenting Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a hurley and sliotar at Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday

THERE were people who turned down an invitation to meet Queen Elizabeth and people you couldn't have kept away with a battering ram. There were people who wore their medals on their chests and people who wore their heart on their sleeve.

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Yesterday was a day when colours were pinned to the mast, and we realised Union Jack and Tricolour could fly side by side, as happened at Government Buildings, without the heavens tumbling down.

It was a day when people showed where they stood on the question of the royal visit -- and the majority stood in the same spot, as close to majesty as they were allowed.

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