Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kevin Myers: The ambitions of a lifetime can be realised in a single moment

President Mary McAleese introduces Kevin Myers to Queen Elizabeth during a tour of the Irish War Memorial Garden in Islandbridge, Dublin, yesterday
President Mary McAleese introduces Kevin Myers to Queen Elizabeth during a tour of the Irish War Memorial Garden in Islandbridge, Dublin, yesterday

Kevin Myers

You know the way it is. You wait forever for a bus to come along and then you get two. Now, I am perhaps the only living Irish person who has never met President Mary McAleese, and I am one of the few British-born persons never to have met the queen. And then in a single second yesterday, I met them both.

It's not as if I was prepared for this. It had seemed for a while that I wasn't going to get an invitation to Islandbridge, and when I did, I was assured that I would certainly not be meeting either head of state.

So at the ceremony's end, I stood in the dappled sunlight, waiting for the president and the queen to finish the inspection of the memorial books of Ireland's Great War dead.

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