I asked a fellow Irish blogger today if he was going to post on the visit of the Queen to Ireland and he said something like it wasn’t of that much interest to him.

And maybe that’s the point. 

Despite those moaning about the cost of the visit and the sporadic attempts by dissident Republicans to pose a threat to the visit (we had a wee bomb alert in Maynooth where I live last night), the real significance of the visit is that it simply confirms Ireland’s evolution towards a globalised moderated nationalism – and that ain’t a bad thing.

‘Hot’ nationalist narratives in Ireland (whether Irish/Republican or Loyalist/British) have done enough damage and cost enough lives. I for one am glad to see an event that helps diminish the exclusionary and violent legacy of those stories.

What’s your take on Liz’s visit?

6 thoughts on “QEII in ROI

  1. I’m embarrassed to admit that like your blogging friend, I have little or no interest in this ‘historic’ visit…

  2. Hi Stuart and welcome. I don’t have much interest in it either and feel no real affinity for Britishness and the English Royal Family …. (Glad to be away all day of the Royal wedding!).

    But it is a symptom of diluted national identities and given 19th/20th C Irish history some dilution is a good thing. I find little in that period to celebrate and identify with.

    I ask students sometimes which Ireland they would like to live in – De Valera’s or today’s and 100% say today.

  3. a man on the BBC just said something like most people in Ireland really wanted an apology from the banks not the Queen.
    I think that we in Ireland (north and south) live under a different type of empire today, not the British but the…..I’m not sure how to define it…global economics?Globalisation? Big business?Cheap oil?I don’t know..
    Something I noticed about my home town in Co Tyrone (and other places in the north) is that round about the time that the British Army barracks started being dismantled big British shops and business started moving in instead.

  4. Canalways – I think you are on to something. Our big contemporary narrative is no longer a tightly defined nationalism and the oppositional politics of identity but a narrative of a global ‘economism’ without boundaries. And this narrative was so full of ‘hope’, ‘progress’ and optimism that it would provide the means to a new better future, that it ran way out of control before collapsing so spectacularly …

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