The Queen Is Dead, but Pray for Her – From a Son of Ireland

 

Queen Elizabeth II has passed into a place beyond time and space. She left the world on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96. She is the longest reigning monarch in UK history and probably for all time. Her son Charles became King Charles III Thursday.

As an Irishman, I have no mixed feelings today. I do not hate the Queen or the Royal Family. Neither do I hate the UK or the average English person. That is the slave mentality and I am no slave. Unless you can claim correctly to have been wounded by them, you have no excuse for such anger or hatred. I have not, so I cannot. No, I mourn and am saddened by her death.

Elizabeth was in many ways a woman I could not help but admire. She was a devout Christian, kneeling at her bed every night to say her prayers. She was sympathetic to the Catholic Church, which when she started was the black sheep of UK life. Now at her end, Catholics are back in the establishment; they even had a Catholic Prime Minister. She was a traditionalist and saw it as a duty to serve her country in how she lived her life – not to make money, utilise power or abuse the little people. She liked dogs. She was a loyal wife to her husband while he was alive and dead, and a granny to both her children’s children and a nation. But I have another reason.

Which brings me to the above photo. Many of you may not remember, but 11 years ago, Queen Elizabeth came to the Republic of Ireland in May 2011. This historic visit was remarkable as, for the first time since Irish independence (roughly 90 years), the Queen had set foot on Irish soil that was not still under British rule (Northern Ireland). It had been the goal of the Queen for nearly all her life to come south of Northern Ireland and spend time in the Republic, but because of a frosty hostile government after independence and the vicious conflict in the North after 1969 both governments refused her entry on the grounds of safety and security. Now with peace in the north, she could come.

Queen Elizabeth visited several of Ireland’s most famous establishments and its two main cities when she was here. The Guinness brewery, the Rock of Cashel, the English market in Cork, the sport stadium Croke Park, Coolmore stud farm, and of course the political centre of Dublin castle where she was granted a state reception. But it was the above location that made the greatest impression on me.

On her first day, she paid a visit to the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. The garden has within it a monument that celebrates all the thousands of people unnamed who died in the fight to free Ireland from UK rule. The Queen was escorted in with our President and a handful of Irish soldiers, Oglaigh na hEireann, the descendants of such fighters. Here the Queen by herself walked up to the monument and laid a wreathe, and in a moment that stunned Ireland she bowed the head. The Queen of the United Kingdom honoring the very men and women who fought against her ancestors. For me, it’s a highlight of her visit, as you can imagine.

I’ll end it with another statement. I’m Irish and a constitutional nationalist. Which means I am a republican who supports the idea of Ireland peacefully united with a president as head of state. I prefer Ireland to be a republic than a constitutional monarchy. Nevertheless, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if I was English, I would have been a constitutional monarchist, but proud to have her as my Queen also.

May she rest in peace, and may God have mercy on her soul.

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  1. WI Con Member
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    What a wonderful story, I was unaware of this. I commend your generosity of spirit as well.

    Thank you for that. Well done.

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  2. Paddy S Member
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    I normally agree with Tucker Carlson and he’s right in a lot of his monologue about the Queen, not so right about the British empire and its harmlessness. Cough cough Irish history pre 1922.

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  3. Jim McConnell Member
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    I have long believed that Queen Elizabeth was a truly noble woman. I can’t imagine that another person could have handled her role in life better than she did. God bless her.

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  4. The Reticulator Member
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    We were in Ireland a few weeks before that visit. I remember the upcoming visit being talked about on the news on my daughter’s car radio, and that there were mixed feelings about it.  I hadn’t heard about this gesture on the Queen’s part, so thank you for filling us in on that. 

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  5. Doctor Robert Member
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    What a classy lady.

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  6. iWe Coolidge
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    Paddy S (View Comment):
    not so right about the British empire and its harmlessness.

    The British Empire was a gift and blessing to the whole world – but clearly a much bigger gift to the lands farther away than the ones next door.

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  7. Paddy S Member
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    I can grant that. But no serious understanding of British empire can ignore its prototype and first colony

     Seeing so many right wingers today validly praise the British empire whilst ignoring any criticism of it as woke social justice warriors is nonsense

    British empire by its nature was not a friend to its imperial subjects. It was the opposite. Irish history from 1169 to 1922 shows this. It could be nice and generous when it wanted to be. It could be vicious and cruel when it found it wanted to be.

    Pointing out other evil empires or saying it was less evil is not an argument.

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  8. BDB Coolidge
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    Magnificent post.  

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  9. Charles Mark Member
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    I’m pretty neutral on this one. The lady performed her functions impeccably and lived a long and eventful life. She had no personal blame for the wrongs inflicted by her country – before or during her life. 

    Her visit to Ireland was very welcome and obviously was a good faith effort to build bridges and in some respects to atone for past events. I wish that she had visited a Famine memorial, in recognition of that indelible stain on British rule in Ireland. 

    Sadly the goodwill generated by her visit dissipated significantly following Brexit. The media/political class here has been unrelentingly vicious in its condemnation of the supposedly thick, ignorant, racist Brits who mourn for the days of their lost empire. Only a few days ago I heard a politician emphasise that relations between the two countries are “at an all-time low” These are the same people who are now falling over themselves to signal to the World how deeply they loved the departed Queen and still love her subjects. Ireland is the Land of the Virtue Signallers. 

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