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State Dinner in honour of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh

Diplomatic Relations, Press Releases, Great Britain, 2011

State Dinner hosted by The President of Ireland Mary McAleese

and

Dr. Martin McAleese

 

in honour of

 

 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

and

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

  

MENU

 

Cured salmon with Burren smoked salmon cream and

lemon balm jelly, horseradish and wild watercress,

Kilkenny organic cold pressed rapeseed oil

  

Rib of Slaney Valley Beef, ox cheek and tongue

with smoked champ potato and fried spring cabbage,

new season broad beans and carrots with

pickled and wild garlic leaf

   

Carrageen set West Cork cream with Meath strawberries,

fresh yoghurt mousse and soda bread sugar biscuits,

Irish apple balsamic vinegar meringue

   

Irish Cheese Plate

  Tea and Coffee

  

Château de Fieuzal, 2005, Graves Pessac-Léognan

Château Lynch-Bages, 1998, Pauillac

 

EXECUTIVE CHEF:  Ross Lewis

CATERERS:  With Taste 

SUPPLIERS

 

Smoked salmon – Brigitta Hedda-Curtin, Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna, Co.Clare

 

Salmon – Clare Island organic salmon, Clare Island, Co.Mayo

 

Lemon balm – Paul Flynn, The Tannery cookery school gardens, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford

 

Organic cold pressed rapeseed oil – Kitty Colchester, Drumeen Farms, Co. Kilkenny

 

Wild watercress, cabbage, carrots, chive flower and garlic leaf –

Denis Healy Farms, Co.Wicklow

 

Rib of beef – From a farm in Co Wexford, produced by Kettyle Irish Foods, Drumshaw, Lisnaskea, Co.Fermanagh

 

Ox cheek and tongue – M & K Butchers, Rathcoole, Co.Dublin

 

Black pudding – McCarthys of Kanturk, Kanturk, Co.Cork

 

Potatoes and spring onions – McNally family farm, Ring Common, Co.Dublin

 

Butter, milk, cream and crème fraîche – Alan and Valerie Kingston, Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co.Cork

 

Irish apple balsamic vinegar and apples – David Llewellyn,

Llewellyn orchard, Lusk, Co.Dublin

 

Strawberries – Pat Clarke, Stamullen, Co.Meath

 

Milk – Cleary family, Glenisk, Tullamore, Co.Offaly

 

Dittys Irish oatmeal biscuits – Robert Ditty, Belfast

 

Stoneground wholemeal flour – Kells wholemeal, Bennettsbridge, Co.Kilkenny

 

Buttermilk and butter – Cuinneog Ltd. Balla, Castlebar, Co.Mayo

 

Irish Cheeses

 

Glebe Brethan

Produced by David Tiernan in Dunleer, Co. Louth

Hard Comté style cheese made using raw cow’s milk from the Tiernan’s own herd of Montbéliarde cows.

 

Cashel Blue

Produced by the Grubb Family in Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

Semi-soft blue cheese, made using cow’s milk from their own and selected neighbouring farms.

 

Milleens

Produced by the Steele Family in Milleens on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork.

Semi-soft, washed rind cheese made in a classic Munster style from pasteurised cow’s milk.

 

Knockdrinna

Produced by Helen Finnegan in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny

Semi-firm goat’s milk cheese in the classic French Tomme style.

 

White soda bread, brown soda bread, sourdough wheaten bread,

Kerrygold salted butter and Glenilen unsalted butter

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

Playing on the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II (Battle-axe Landing)

 

Liam O’Flynn – Uilleann Pipes

Master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn is from County Kildare and began piping classes aged eleven.  As a young man Liam encountered two other giants of Irish piping, Seamus Ennis and Willie Clancy.  Along with Dónal Lunny, Liam was one of the founding members of one of Ireland’s legendary bands Planxty.  He also attracted an international audience when he recorded Shaun Davey’s The Brendan Voyage a groundbreaking orchestral piece which was followed byGranuaile, The Relief of Derry Symphony and The Pilgrim, all composed by Davey.  Other regular collaborators include Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney with whom Liam has recently recorded The Poet and the Piper.

 

Denise Kelly – Harpist

Harpist, Denise Kelly began her musical studies in Dublin and following her graduation from Trinity College, Dublin with a MusB Degree, she moved to London where she studied harp with the renowned Russian harpist Maria Korchinska. She also studied composition and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  An Arts Council scholarship enabled her to finish her harp education at the Conservatoire Royale de Musique, Brussels. In 1999 she was appointed as lecturer in harp at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. She has a great interest in contemporary music and is herself a composer and arranger. As a freelance orchestral harpist, she has worked with the N.S.O., RTECO, Orchestra of St. Cecilia, and the Ulster Orchestra. She has recorded solo and chamber music with BBC, RTE, UTV, radio and TV, and has made numerous CDs with the cellist Moya O’Grady and choral group ‘Anuna’.

 

After dinner entertainment

 

A performance of traditional Irish music and dance

 

This short performance features many of the most distinctive forms and instruments associated with Irish traditional music. The opening and closing sections include dancers performing several traditional dances with reels, hornpipes and slipjigs.  A song entitled ‘Eleanor Plunkett’ and composed by one of Ireland's most famous composers, Turlough O'Carolan, featuring voice and harp, forms the central section. The melody is performed in the sean-nós style (translated as old style) and is a unique element of the Irish tradition.

  

Performers

 

Tara Breen – Fiddle

A native of County Clare, fiddle player Tara Breen has won All-Ireland honours on several instruments, including fiddle, concert flute and saxophone.  Tara has toured internationally including visits to the Philippines, South Korea, the USA, Germany, Spain and China. In 2005 she travelled with Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Éireann on the All-Britain Tour.

 

Dónal Lunny – Bouzouki

Dónal Lunny is considered to be one of the most influential figures in the renaissance of Irish music in the last half-century.  Dónal was a founding member of several of the most prominent Irish traditional bands of recent years, including Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.  In 2008, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Trinity College, Dublin, and is a member of Aosdána, a self-governing body of Ireland’s most prominent artists.

 

James Mahon – Pipes

James Mahon is a traditional musician from Dublin who graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music in 2009 and is a specialist in traditional Irish Music and ethnomusicology.  He is the recipient of seven All Ireland titles, across a range of categories.  James studied flute under Tom Doorly and June McCormack, and Uilleann Pipes under Joe Doyle.

 

Iarla Ó Lionáird – Voice

Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cuil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht.  From his iconic early recording of the vision song Aisling Gheal whilst still a boy, he has established himself both as a masterful exponent of sean nós song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. Iarla has sung in his unique style for audiences across the globe from New York to London and from Cape Town to Moscow, Rome and Tokyo.

 

Michael Rooney – Harp

Originally from County Monaghan, Michael is an internationally recognised and award-winning harper and concertina player, as well as a tutor and composer. His major works include two Aifreann na Geailge masses, The Famine Suite and the Battle of the Books suite. He has recorded two albums together with June McCormack, Land’s End and Draíocht.

 

Maria Buffini - Dancer

Maria began dancing at the age of four with the O’Shea School in Dublin, Ireland. She danced competitively and toured extensively with the School, performing from a young age at festivals in Ireland, Europe and America.  She began performing with Riverdance in 2004 and since then, has danced with the company in Ireland, Europe, America, Japan and Taiwan.

 

Cal Moran - Dancer

Cal began dancing at the age of nine with Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh where he quickly advanced, qualifying for the Worlds at the age of thirteen.  He has toured extensively with Riverdance all around the world, from places as far and between as Dubai, Beijing and Los Angeles.

 

Padraic Moyles - Dancer

Padraic joined Riverdance in 1997 and in 2006 was nominated for an Ovation Award for Leading Actor in a Broadway touring Production.  He choreographed and performed in the Old Bog Road by Eileen Ivers and has performed with artists including Maria Carey, Shania Twain, The Chieftains, and Ryan O’ Neill.

 

Niamh O’Connor – Dancer

Dublin-born Niamh began dancing at four years of age and has won numerous Leinster, All-Ireland and World championship medals throughout her competitive dancing career. Having started performing with Jurys Cabaret in Dublin when she was ten, Niamh joined Riverdance in 1995 for the world premiere in Dublin. She has toured extensively with the show over the last fifteen years and she holds the record for the most shows performed in Riverdance.