Martina Devlin: 'Well, Philip -- I think that went off rather well . . .'
The royal visitors made a huge effort for us and our President was a class act, writes Martina Devlin
IF A week is a long time in politics, then it's a revelation how much royalty can achieve in four days. Tradition paints us as a nation of charmers -- but Queen Elizabeth quickly turned the tables and comprehensively beguiled most of us.
Two cameos stand out from her first and probably last visit to Ireland: her bowed head at the Garden of Remembrance and her cupla focail at Dublin Castle.
They showed the queen paying her respects to the Irish people -- past and present -- at a time when the rest of the world occasionally gives the impression it would gladly pay us just to go away.