Queen thanks Dubliners for warm welcome
QUEEN Elizabeth has said that Dublin looked wonderful in the May sunshine.
The British head of state has thanked the capital for giving her a warm welcome last month, after initially sparking controversy by expressing gratitude to Cork first.
In a letter to Lord Mayor Gerry Breen, the queen revealed how much she enjoyed her four-day stay in the Republic.
She also appears to acknowledge the huge security effort that her visit entailed as well as the sacrifice made by ordinary city workers. The letter noted that both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were "fully aware of the efforts involved in putting together a programme of events of this nature".
The queen was full of praise for the itinerary that was laid on including a concert, State banquet and a visit to Croke Park.
She said that the trip was "so memorable".
The Buckingham Palace correspondence, written on her behalf, added: "The visits undertaken by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness in Dublin highlighted a wealth of history, culture and dynamism associated with the city, which looked wonderful in the May sunshine."
"The queen has further asked whether you would kindly convey to the people of Dublin her sincere thanks for such a warm and memorable welcome," it said.
Controversy had been stoked when it appeared that Cork City Council had been singled out for praise by the royal family.
Its officials announced early in the week that they had received a letter in recognition of the "warm welcome" the citizens there had extended.
Traders in Cork City's 18th century English market reported a surge in business activity since the queen's arrival.
City manager Tim Lucey described the visit as a "priceless opportunity for Ireland and for Cork".