Queen Elizabeth will step foot on the hallowed turf of Croke Park next month – with opponents of her Royal visit already calling for an apology for the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1920.
Details of the first British Royal visit in a hundred years have been confirmed with the Garden of Remembrance, the War Memorial Gardens and a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Enda Kenny at government buildings all included.
The Garden of Remembrance remembers all those who fell fighting the British in the quest for Irish freedom.
The trip to see schoolchildren play Gaelic football and hurling exhibition matches in Croke Park has already commanded most headlines.
GAA diehards have demanded that the English monarch apologize for the murder of 14 players and spectators when the Black and Tans invaded Croker during a football match between Dublin and Tipperary.
The GAA itself however has assured the Queen of a warm welcome when she finally follows in the footsteps of her grandfather George V, the last English monarch to step foot on Irish soil in 1911.
“The GAA is pleased to have been asked to receive Queen Elizabeth and the Duke, accompanied by President Mary McAleese at our headquarters in Croke Park,” said a statement from the Association.
“We extend a warm welcome to Croke Park - a Cead Mile Failte - to Queen Elizabeth and the duke of Edinburgh. We are confident that the historic visit to Croke Park will be welcomed by those who played, administered and supported their games.
“We hope also it will encourage a greater interest and participation in our games by our fellow Irishmen and women of the unionist tradition.
“The visit to Croke Park will provide the President of the GAA with the opportunity to convey to the Queen and the Duke a sense of the history and values of the Gaelic Athletic Association.”
The British Royal visit also coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings when 34 people were murdered in 1974.
Justice for the Forgotten, an organization set up in 1996 to campaign on behalf of the victims, said on Thursday that it will: “Prepare a major strategy to mark the Royal visit.”
Security will be tight for the visit next month, just days before US President Barack Obama also lands in Dublin.
British ambassador Julian King announced the full details of the Royal tour and described the visit as: “A wide-ranging and exciting celebration of the close ties between the two countries.”
He added: “Her Majesty and the Duke will be able to experience at first hand the vibrant links that make our relationship with Ireland so important.
“This is a historic visit that also celebrates our close modern partnership.”
Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons said: “The Royal visit is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the island of Ireland to the world.”