Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

United Kingdom's Queen to visit Ireland

Queen Elizabeth II is to make a state visit to the Republic of Ireland in May, the first by a British monarch since independence.

Queen Elizabeth II is to make a state visit to the Republic of Ireland in May, the first by a British monarch since independence.

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will visit the Irish Republic from May 17 to 20.

The British head of state is expected to visit several historically significant sites including Croke Park and Dublin's Garden of Remembrance, which honour all those who fought for Irish freedom.

The last British monarch to visit Ireland was George V in 1911, when Ireland was still part of the UK.

The war of independence and subsequent partition of the island strained relations between Ireland and the UK for much of the 20th Century.

However, the success of the Northern Ireland Peace Process has improved relations and made possible the visit of the head of state of the neighbouring country.

The Royal visit was first mooted in June 2010 at a meeting between former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Cowen had said a State visit by the Queen would be part of the normal exchange visits with the heads of states of neighbouring countries.

Following a formal invitation from the President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Buckingham Palace waited until the Irish general election was over to confirm the Royal visit.

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