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?