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Royal toadyism is a countrywide trend

The meeting of Cork City Council and its decision to spend €250,000 on a facelift for the city's English Market in advance of Queen Elizabeth's visit next month included a comment from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Michael O'Connell, who said he hoped that schools in Cork "would give their pupils a half-day on the day of the visit".

Indeed, why not have all school children in the Cork region compete to design welcoming banners and Union flags to wave as Her Majesty arrives on Leeside? Perhaps the Cork Chamber of Commerce will provide prizes for the winning schools? There might even be an OBE, an MBE or, wait for it, a knighthood in the offing.

But why leave it at that? Would it not also be appropriate for the children of the nation to be given a further public holiday to mark the wedding of Wills and Kate? And how about organising street parties to celebrate the wedding of the century? After all, judging by the level of royal toadyism, deference and fawning which is visible, not just in Cork but countrywide, William and Kate may well be crowned King and Queen of Ireland some day.

Tom Cooper
Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Irish Independent