Queen of England to visit Cashel and Coolmore

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

The Queen of England will visit Cashel and Coolmore Stud near Fethard during her forthcoming historic visit to Ireland, The Nationalist can reveal.

Deputy Tom Hayes has announced that a trip to South Tipperary will be included on Queen Elizabeth II’s itinerary when she visits Ireland in May. Speculation has surrounded a two-day state visit from Tuesday, May 17th, though this date has yet to be officially confirmed.Confirmation of her visit to South Tipperary was given to Deputy Hayes by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

“The Queen’s visit will be a huge boost for the county”, Deputy Hayes stated on Tuesday evening. He said he had made strong representations for the Queen to come to South Tipp and he was very happy with the commitment that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had given him.

The visit will be the first to the Irish Republic by a reigning British monarch. Queen Elizabeth will be the first British monarch to visit Ireland since her grandfather George V in 1911.

Speculation that the Queen would visit Coolmore has been rife since her daughter, Princess Anne and her grand daughter Zara Philips visited the world famous stud some weeks ago.

Zara Philips is the former eventing world champion who won the world championship in Aachen and was voted by the British viewing public as the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, an award that her mother, Princess Anne, who was also a leading figure in the equestrian world, won in 1971.

It’s understood that the royal visitors flew into Waterford airport before travelling to Coolmore.

At their March meeting the members of Cashel Town Council supported a call by Deputy Mayor Maribel Wood to invite Queen Elizabeth to the town.

Cllr. Wood said a royal visit would be a great way to promote Cashel and she proposed that the Council would write to the British Embassy inviting the Queen to visit the ancient City of the Kings.

The Queen will be accompanied on her visit to Ireland by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Further details are expected to be announced shortly.

It will be her first visit abroad after her grandson Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29th.