Queen sends her apologies ahead of Leitrim v London clash

Philip Rooney

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Philip Rooney

The letter from Buckingham Place confirming that Queen Elizabeth II will be unable to attend this Sunday's game between Leitrim and London.
Excitement is building ahead of Sunday’s Connacht Senior Championship semi-final between Leitrim and London in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada but there is one person who it seems is unable to squeeze a visit to Carrick-on-Shannon into her itinerary.

Excitement is building ahead of Sunday’s Connacht Senior Championship semi-final between Leitrim and London in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada but there is one person who it seems is unable to squeeze a visit to Carrick-on-Shannon into her itinerary.

An invitation was sent to Queen Elizabeth II by Cllr Enda Stenson, Cathaoirleach Leitrim County Council and Joe Dolan, Bush Hotel and Chairperson Leitrim Tourism but a letter from Buckingham Palace has indicated the monarch will be unable to attend.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Cllr Stenson explained an invitation was initially sent to London Mayor Boris Johnson and after engaging with a PR company a letter was subsequently sent to the Queen.

Reacting to the news that Queen Elizabeth will not be making an appearance in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Cllr Stenson said, “I would have loved it if somebody in some capacity had come to see London play in a Connacht semi-final for the first time. When you’re writing to someone in London, you start with the Queen,” he joked.

“We thought in the year of the ‘Gathering’ and ‘Carrick 400’ and this unique pairing of Leitrim and London ... myself and Joe said we’d write, but not expecting a reply. It’s a pity she couldn’t make it.”