What an historic day! The Queen visits Dublin, and only a hundred people protest. Most people seem glad that she is here. It seems that we are moving to a more mature relationship with 'the old enemy.'
What an historic moment! In the Garden of Remembrance she bows her head in respect to men who fought for Irish Independence. I am still trying to process the significance of that. It is a great acknowledgment of the legitimacy of the Irish state. It recognises aspirations of those who fought. However, I have never quite felt at ease about the events leading up to independence, given the apostle Paul's injunction to respect the civil authorities (Romans 13). I regret the loss of life of both sides. I also wonder if independence might have come more peacefully without the events of 1916.
I think today has been a good day for the Republic. David Blevins will have an interesting few days reporting this with Sky. I look forward to hearing his stories when he returns to Richhill.