Pope and Queen – will they visit..?

THE unofficial commanders-in-chief of Prods and Taigs, the Queen and Pope, have separately acknowledged the progress in Northern Ireland, and I’m wondering how long it will be before Her Maj and His Holiness set foot on Irish soil. There’s been a fair bit of speculation in recent times, and with yesterday’s result, surely they’ll be over before too long?

  • smcgiff

    ‘and I’m wondering how long it will be before Her Maj and His Holiness set foot on Irish soil’

    Queen Elisabeth has often set foot on Irish soil.

  • StarHound

    How about a joint visit?

  • dodrade

    Perhaps the Queen could receive the Pope at Hillsborough Castle?

  • Tochais Síoraí

    And then he could hear her confession.

  • avonmore

    THe Queen sticks hern ose in far too often. Mr Paisely objected in the past to the leader of the world’s Christians visiting in 1979. Perhaps if Paisley was chained up, the Holy Father could visit. No one really gives a flying f**k about Elizabrit. Did she pick any winners at Kentuckjy btw?

  • jaffa

    Who signs off Stormont legislation? Is it the Squatters, the Queen or are we going to get another governor?

  • jaffa
  • Stuck in a rutting

    It would be an honour to see Her Majesty tred the soil of her most loyal subjects. It would be sacrilege to see the whore of Rome tread that self-same ground. We are subjects of Her Majesty the Queen and we should as British citizens be governed by the one true gospel she endorses. The papist monkey and his Bavarian lies have no place in God’s own Ulster.

  • slug

    Certainly the time is now right for Her Majesty to visit the Irish Republic. We in the UK are frequently hosting the Republic’s head of state, and while it is a pleasure to receive her, it would be equally good to see my own head of state – the Queen – representing me in a visit to the south.

  • heck

    nice to see everything has changed in Nor Iron-the end of history

  • Maybe they can go on a joint visit to an Old Firm match.

    Followed by a spot of pas a deux liveblogging on Slugger.

  • Gum

    Why do they need to come together? Just another stupid suggestion. Surely we’re more mature than this? God help us all if we arent.

  • Munster Republic

    ‘Ireland’s for the Irish not for London or for Rome’ You might no this.

    Maybe while this Queen is here she could have the respect to let the people of Derry name there city officially Derry, after all what do you expect, she gave more honours out to British Parachute Regiment for shooting 13 innocent Derry civilians dead.

  • CK

    It’s only natural that they would do all they can to support the new Assembly. If it fails there will be no alternative but to get them them to step in as FM and DFM.

  • merrie

    I look forward to to the day when Rev Ian Paisley greets Pope Benedict politely and with civility, and perhaps apologising for his behaviour at the EU parliament (though I would not insist on the last item).

    It would be good if the Queen visited the 32 counties too. Her ancestor, Queen Victoria, liked Ireland very much and thought the Irish people, whom she passed on her way to visit her ruling English invaders, to be very good looking.

    QEII has done a jolly good job looking after England. Long may she reign over England and Scotland and Wales.

  • slug

    “It would be good if the Queen visited the 32 counties too.”

    All of them? You’re keen!

  • I long for the day when the corpses of comment spammers hang on every lampost from Belfast to the Glenshane Pass…

  • Aaron McDaid

    This is all very well for the Huns and the Taigs, but who’s going to visit for the Republicans? Nelson Mandela maybe?

  • McGrath

    After reading this thread, they no doubt will be staying to fuck away.

  • Reader

    Gum: Why do they need to come together?
    To protect each other. Or, failing that, to finally deliver on any number of old jokes (“The Queen and the Pope were standing on the balcony waving to the crowds, when…”)

  • Reader

    Aaron McDaid: This is all very well for the Huns and the Taigs, but who’s going to visit for the Republicans? Nelson Mandela maybe?
    He’s far too pally with Royalty, as well as being a Prod. You could have Fidel Castro, perhaps?

  • Aaron McDaid

    Interesting idea Reader,
    My concern was that it gets a bit tedious when the Pope and/or the Queen are presented as being fully representative of NI. They are nothing more than representatives of two factions of Christianity, when many people are barely nominal Christians. Having both visit is no better than having one visit.

  • Obscure Reference

    They are both anachronisms who need to be abolished. I’m amazed that the British people, after their horrible history, still bovinely tolerate a parasitic class of hereditary spongers, good for the tourist industry or no. And I’m flabbergasted that some glorified witch doctor gets to be boss of his own country and influence world politics based on mumbo-jumbo and political corruption.

  • Bearhunter

    “And I’m flabbergasted that some glorified witch doctor gets to be boss of his own country and influence world politics based on mumbo-jumbo and political corruption.”

    Jasus, can we leave Geroge Bush/Tony Blair/Ian Paisley out of it, please?

  • McGrath

    Its flabbergasting to think that either could possibly represent anything other than troglodyterty. Stay away.

  • Denis McDonald

    If the Queen should come to call on us, because she wants to see all of us, what would Martin McGuinness do? I am sure he would DATY to please her but Eliza’s stiff upper labia might not allow it. I wasl oamused to readi n her propaganda station, the BBC, that George Bush was embarrassed meeting the old tart with the bad taste in handbags.

  • Dewi

    The Pope, the Queen, Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley walk into a pub. Barman says:

    “What’s this ? Some kind of joke ?”

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Bet none of them would be in any rush to pay.

  • Gerry Kelly

    Is the Queen a Chelsea supporter? Do any of her horrible family play the beautiful game? Did Martin ever kick ball? Guess Ian only kicked Popeheads. Still,time to move on. New dawn, jobs for the boys and party girls and all that.

  • Is the Queen a Chelsea supporter?

    According to The Sun last week, she’s a Gooner.

  • Gréagóir O’ Fráinclín

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would be very welcome to the Irish Republic as a mark of respect to her and her ever most loyal and devoted British subjects that live in Ireland. Let’s be thankful however that most Irish people on the island don’t hold such a subserviant alligiance mentality to either pope or queen no more, but to the country of Ireland itself.