Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Queen may visit Republic's Lismore castle

One of Ireland's most famous castles is being tipped to host the Queen during her historic visit next year.

The monarch is expected to spend at least three days in Ireland next year to mark the end of a century of fraught diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Speculation has mounted that, as well as her stay in Dublin, the Queen will spend at least one night in another location — possibly Waterford’s Lismore Castle.

Fittingly, 2011 will mark the centenary of the last visit to Ireland by a ruling British monarch — the visit of King George V to Dublin in July 1911.

Lismore Castle is owned by the Duke of Devonshire, a close friend of the royal family.

Prince Charles previously visited the castle in 2004.

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