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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