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The State Visit to Ireland - Day Two

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The diary for HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip today

The Guinness Storehouse: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip will have the opportunity to visit the Gravity Bar where they will meet representatives of Dublin City. They will be introduced to the “Master Brewer” who will pour “the perfect pint”. This will be followed by a windows tour of the skyline of Dublin, presented by broadcaster, Ryan Tubridy. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Leo Varadkar TD and the Minister for Social Protection, Ms Joan Burton TD will be present.

The Guinness Storehouse, also known as the Guinness Hop Store, dates back to 1904 and was built in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture.

**Government Buildings: ** The Royal Party will meet with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala. The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore TD and the Attorney General, Ms Maire Whelan SC, will also be among those present.

Irish National War Memorial Gardens: Following a wreath laying ceremony by both Heads of State, The Queen and The Duke will be shown Harry Clarke’s illuminated manuscripts containing the names of all the soldiers commemorated and the Guillemont Ginchy Cross. The Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan TD, and the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD will be present.

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge are dedicated to the memory of the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died between 1914-1918 in the First World War. The visit of the British and Irish Heads of State to Islandbridge is a public acknowledgement of a hugely significant event in the shared history of the two countries.

Croke Park: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be accompanied by the President and Dr Martin McAleese and greeted by GAA President, Mr Christy Cooney and Managing Director, Mr Paraic Duffy. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD will also be present. The guests will be brought into the dressing rooms where they will meet 4 inter-county players and walk out of the tunnel onto the pitch. Mr Christy Cooney will give a short presentation of the stadium and the stand, followed by a video of GAA games. The GAA President will then present gifts to The Queen and The Duke.

The GAA said in a recent message “In the best traditions of our Association, we will extend a warm welcome to Croke Park -a cead mile failte- to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the President and Dr. McAleese”

**Dublin Castle: ** The Royal Party will be escorted into the State Apartments and greeted by President and Dr McAleese who will accompany them to the State Drawing Room for the formal photograph. During the State Dinner, the President will give a speech followed by a toast. Her Majesty will respond and conclude with a toast. Among the guests invited to the State Dinner will be Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore TD and William Hague, Foreign Secretary.

View some photographs of the State Visit (c) Maxwell Photography

The State Visit to Ireland by HM Queen Elizabeth II

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HM Queen Elizabeth II meets President of Ireland, Mary McAleese during her State Visit to Ireland