Friday, 20 May 2011

Eclectic mix at evening party

The Chieftains performing at the InterCeltic F...Image via WikipediaCONVENTION CENTRE : AN ECLECTIC mix of people from various walks of Irish life attended last night's indoor garden party and concert at the national convention centre in Dublin on the third day of the State visit by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The royal couple's final public engagement in the capital was hosted by the British embassy as a "return event" which the visiting country hosts during state visits.

The event, organised by Docklands entrepreneur Harry Crosbie with Riverdance founder John McColgan acting as artistic director, was designed to showcase the best in Irish music and culture. It was attended by President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, together with some 2,000 guests from the worlds of fashion, sport, business politics and entertainment.

The royals were treated to a festive occasion which included music from the Chieftains, Westlife, X-Factor contestant Mary Byrne, 1996 Eurovision Song Contest winner Eimear Quinn and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as a fashion show.

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