The Queen’s Happy Birthday ‘as Gaeilge’

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, with people around the world quick to mark the occasion.
Queen Elizabeth II. Photo Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, with people around the world quick to mark the occasion.

But Connor McGinn put his own, Irish slant on things by becoming the first person in the House of Commons to wish Her Majesty ‘happy birthday’ as Gaeilge.

The St Helens North MP commented on the Queen’s visit to Ireland in 2011 and noted that she has been a positive figure for Anglo-Irish relations.

Mr McGinn, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain, went on to explain how one of his constituents shares the Queen’s birth date.

Norah Collins, originally from Co. Galway, was also celebrating her 90th and, in 2006, attended the monarch’s 80th birthday lunch.

“I rise to wish Her Majesty the Queen many happy returns on behalf of my constituents in St Helens North, one of whom, Norah Collins, also celebrates her 90th birthday today,” Mr McGinn said.

“She is from County Galway and I thought it was somewhat appropriate that I spoke to her this morning, because of course the Queen has done so much to further good relations between Britain and Ireland.

“I know that the community here felt special pride at her state visit to Ireland and the reciprocal visit here by President Michael D. Higgins.

“On behalf of the all-party group and the community here I say, Breithlá sona duit a Banríon, happy birthday to the Queen.”

Twitter was alight with toasts and celebrations under the hashtag #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty.

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