Garda update on Queen’s visit due this week

Gardai are due to make a public announcement today (Wednesday) about traffic and security arrangements for Queen Elizabeth 11’s visit to Co. Tipperary on Friday, May 20.

Gardai are due to make a public announcement today (Wednesday) about traffic and security arrangements for Queen Elizabeth 11’s visit to Co. Tipperary on Friday, May 20.

Meanwhile, an extensive security operation involving gardai from throughout the Tipperary Division is in full swing ahead of the British monarch’s historic visit to the Rock of Cashel with a private visit also expected to Coolmore Stud near Fethard.

Gardai have been conducting house to house visits around Cashel and Fethard as well as security inspections of roads in both areas in recent weeks as part of the operation.

Gardai will announce details later today of road closures, diversions and other traffic arrangements on the day as well as advice to residents and businesses in areas where security measures and traffic restrictions will be in place,

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it wouldn’t be announcing any further details about the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the Rock of Cashel until closer to the date. The time of her visit to the county isn’t being disclosed yet for security reasons.

It’s understood that Queen Elizabeth 11 and Prince Philip will spend about one hour at the Rock of Cashel on Friday week but will not go into the town.

The guest list of local representatives, who will be invited to the Rock of Cashel for the historic occasion, is being finalised at the moment. The Co. Council Chairman, Mayor of Cashel, local TDs and councillors will be among the invited dignatries.

It’s believed that the Queen won’t make a speech during her brief visit to the Rock.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, who first broke the news of the Queen’s visit to Co. Tipperary in March, said there was a great buzz around Cashel at the moment and he had been told by one local trader that there had never been so much paint sold in the town as people rush to get their homes and businesses looking good for the State visit.