Let us all enjoy these historic few days
HOW will we spend the next three days? It would be pleasing to think that we could crowd the streets to see Queen Elizabeth passing by, preferably in a Cinderella-style carriage, and hope for a regal wave.
Sadly, the image is far removed from reality. Those who prefer to live in the past -- a past which often exists only in their gloomy imaginations -- are a tiny minority, but the security forces have to take their threats seriously.
As an unfortunate result, the royal visit and the hopeful and generous relationship between Ireland and Britain which it celebrates will bring on to the streets few joyous citizens but 8,000 gardai, 2,000 soldiers and 150 armed British police.