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Broadcasters roll out big guns for visit

John Bowman and Miriam O'Callaghan have been lined up to front coverage of the queen's visit on RTE

EXTENDED news bulletins, live coverage and special programmes are all due to be aired next week for Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland.

Both RTE and TV3 revealed their plans last night for coverage of the royal trip, which takes place between Tuesday, May 17, and Friday, May 20.

RTE presenters Bryan Dobson, Miriam O'Callaghan, Eileen Dunne, Mary Kennedy and John Bowman have been lined up to host television coverage of the queen's engagements, while Myles Dungan will head up the broadcaster's special radio shows.

RTE will also cover the trip on its website, Twitter feed and via the online channel RTE News Now.

TV3 has said it will be adopting an "all station approach" to the visit, with "up-to-date coverage and highlights of the latest events" including the queen's visit to the Irish War Memorial at Goldenbridge.

TV3's 'Midday' programme will cover the queen's arrival in Casement Aerodrome on Tuesday, while the station has said its cameras and reporters will attend all major events.

TV3 News presenter Alan Cantwell will be anchoring from different locations around the country each day.

Meanwhile, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra will perform a newly commissioned fanfare to welcome the queen to a special concert in the National Convention Centre on Thursday, May 19.

The fanfare, which was written by Irish composer Brian Byrne, will be aired for the first time at the celebration, which will be attended by the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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President Mary McAleese and 2,000 guests from the worlds of sport, culture, politics, entertainment, business and charity will also be in attendance.

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