Thursday, May 19, 2011

Elizabeth II pays tribute to the victims of 'Bloody Sunday' at his historic trip to Ireland

Dublin. .- The Queen Elizabeth II today continued his historic trip to Ireland with a number of highly symbolic acts, as a tribute to the Irish dead by serving the British Army or the visit to Croke Park, the scene of the first "Bloody Sunday" . If the day of his arrival in Dublin the Queen reminded the Irish nationalist hero who fought against the domination of the United Kingdom, today did the same with the nearly 50,000 who died in the battlefields of World War I (1914-1918) .

In a country that often has not treated the victims of that conflict in the same way it has done with its revolutionary nationalists, the gesture of the queen added meaning to the purpose of your visit to confirm the final normalization of relations between the two nations. Among the guests at the ceremony were leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches on the island, war veterans, former Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland and representatives of Irish and Northern Irish parties, except Sinn Fein, political wing of the former inactive since the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

In the afternoon, the queen stepped for the first time, the stadium's turf Dublin's Croke Park, scene of the first "Bloody Sunday" and field almost sacred to Irish nationalism. Among very strong security measures, Isabel II and McAleese, were received in "Croker" by the president of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)-the owner of the stadium, "Christy Cooney.

In the trophy room, Elizabeth II met with several regional leaders of the GAA, although some of them did not attend the meeting in protest at his presence in Ireland. It seems that some do not forget that this stage was marked by tragedy on November 21, 1920, Sunday during the war of independence (1919-1921).

Paramilitary forces of the British Army entered the camp and opened fire on the public and the players, who fought a Gaelic football match, which caused 14 deaths, including three children, and wounded dozens. For over a century the GAA has served as a meeting place for the Catholic community, especially in rural areas of Ulster and sometimes as a refuge from the violent positions of the republican movement, with the IRA to the head.

Only recently, following on the peace process in the island, the GAA amended its statutes, after a vote, decided to eliminate rules prohibiting members of the security forces in Northern Ireland, mostly Protestant, involved in Gaelic sports. The solemnity of these two views contrasted with that performed in the morning with her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Museum of the Guinness Brewery.

Both starred in the story of the day when they refused to test the Irish call "the perfect pint." The scene took place at the Gravity Bar on the flagship factory of Saint James, on the top floor of a renovated building to house a museum dedicated to the "substantia nigra", referring to the beer "stout" famous around the world .

The pint was served by "brewmaster" Fergal Murray, one of the few people who know the exact amount and type of hops, malted barley and yeast contained in the secret formula of Guinness. Still, the rulers rejected savor it, perhaps because Felipe joked when asked if the water for its development came from the Liffey, the river that runs through the Irish capital, when in fact this is reflected in the crystal clear Wicklow Mountains .

Elizabeth II will close the day with a state dinner to be held in Dublin Castle, the seat of British government during the occupation of the island of Ireland, will attend, among others, the British prime minister, David Cameron. This is the only event scheduled for the queen is addressed to the Irish through a speech with which it is hoped, however, apologize for the atrocities committed by the British in the island in the past.

In a way, represented the sovereign and the closure of wounds of the past when on Monday laid a wreath and observed a minute of silence at the monument dedicated to the Irish who died for the cause of national liberation.

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