Queen’s visit exhibit opens in Castle

A new exhibition has opened at Kilkenny Castle to mark the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland last year.

A new exhibition has opened at Kilkenny Castle to mark the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland last year.

Minister of State Brian Hayes, who has special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, opened the exhibition in the Parade Tower last Wednesday, on the same week that the United Kingdom celebrated the monarch’s jubilee.

The room contains six display boards, featuring photo montages of highlights of the Queen’s visit, such as her time at Áras an Úachtaráin, the Garden of Remembrance, the War Memorial Gardens, Farmleigh, Dublin Castle and the Rock of Cashel. There is also a dvd playing on an overhead screen.

“Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland last year was hugely significant for relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom,” said Minister Hayes, at the exhibition’s opening.

“I think it is generally acknowledged that the visit was a tremendous success and I am very pleased to be here in magnificent Kilkenny Castle today to open this exhibition marking the first anniversary of the visit.

“The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, in Kilkenny Castle’s Parade Tower. I would urge any members of the public who have some spare time to come into this beautiful venue and look through the exhibition.”