Friday 27 April 2018

Queen Elizabeth replies to Connemara boy's letter requesting meeting

Ten year old Naoise Barker with his letter from Buckingham Palace.
Ten year old Naoise Barker with his letter from Buckingham Palace.

Brian McDonald

WHILE an event of no little significance was taking place in Britain, Buckingham Palace still found time to respond to a plea from a 10-year-old boy in Connemara.

Naoise Barker, from Leitir Mor na Coille, wrote directly to the British queen last month, inviting her to meet him over Easter on his annual family trip to the UK. And he was delighted when he received a reply from Buckingham Palace.

Naoise, who has autism spectrum disorder, told the queen in his letter that he wanted to speak some Irish with her as he had heard her few words of the language during her visit to Ireland. He also filled her in about his pet dog, mouse and hamster and invited her to join him for a bite to eat.

The reply on behalf of the queen arrived appropriately on World Autism Day. It thanked Naoise for his letter and added: "Her Majesty thought it was kind of you to tell her about yourself and your home in Connemara.

"Although I'm afraid it will not be possible for you to meet Her Majesty, the queen hopes that you will have a very happy time."

Irish Independent

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