DANNY’S ROLE IN HISTORIC ROYAL VISIT

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets school children as she plants a tree in the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as Irish President Mary McAleese and the Duke of Edinburgh look on. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2011. The Queen set foot on Irish soil today for the start of a historic state visit which will herald a new era in relations between Britain and the Republic. Politicians on both side of the Irish Sea have described the four-day event as momentous. See PA story IRISH Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets school children as she plants a tree in the grounds of Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish President's official residence) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as Irish President Mary McAleese and the Duke of Edinburgh look on. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2011. The Queen set foot on Irish soil today for the start of a historic state visit which will herald a new era in relations between Britain and the Republic. Politicians on both side of the Irish Sea have described the four-day event as momentous. See PA story IRISH Queen. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A PUPIL from Jordanstown Schools was one of two deaf children who had the honour of playing a key role in the Queen’s historic state visit to the Irish Republic on Tuesday (May 17).

Danny Rea, a Year 11 pupil at the local school, and 14-year-old Leah Ennis from Dublin, rang the peace bell at Aras an Uachtarain - the official residence of Irish President Mary McAleese - after the Queen helped plant an oak tree in the grounds of the house in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

It is understood that 15-year-old Danny, who plays football for Lisburn Distillery and the Belfast Deaf United team, may have been chosen for the honour by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID).

Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to visit the Irish Republic, was accompanied during the formal tree planting ceremony by the Duke of Edinburgh and was watched by several invited guests, including Lord Trimble.

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