The Queen in Ireland: Queen pays tribute to Irish War of Independence dead





The national anthem was also played as the the Queen and President Mary McAleese stood side by side at the site where Ireland commemorates the men and women who died resisting British rule.

The first official royal visit since independence took place amid the biggest security operation ever mounted in the state with thousands of police and armed soldiers on the streets of the capital.

A crowd of dissident republicans, opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland, were held back by riot squads not far away but, apart from a few arrests and missile throwing, trouble did not disrupt an extraordinary occasion.

Students and staff cheered and applauded at Trinity College as the royal party arrived for a private viewing of the Book of Kells.

The 15 minute wreath-laying ceremony at the garden was the first major engagement in a carefully planned four day trip, which will tomorrow see Ireland's war dead remembered at Islandbridge, and Croke Park where 14 civilians were shot dead by British troops in 1920....



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