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Links to reports on the Queen’s trip to Enniskillen; International media reports; Archbishop’s address; UTV online programe; Lead into historic handshake with Martin McGuinness
Queen visits Catholic church during Enniskillen trip
Belfast Telegraph – The Queen’s trip to Enniskillen in Fermanagh has seen her make a groundbreaking first visit to a Catholic church in either Northern Ireland or the Republic
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/queen-visits-catholic-church-during-enniskillen-trip-16177374.html

HM Queen Elizabeth II Attends Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Macartin’s Cathedral  
ACNS – HM Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has attended a Service of Thanksgiving in St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Enniskillen to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
http://www.aco.org/acns/digest/index.cfm/2012/6/26/HM-Queen-Elizabeth-II-Attends-Diamond-Jubilee-Service-of-Thanksgiving-at-St-Macartins-Cathedral

Queen makes first visit to Catholic church in Northern Ireland
The Guardian – Archbishop Eames’ reaction in Enniskillen. Meeting with IRA bombing victims in Enniskillen church comes ahead of historic handshake with Martin McGuinness.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/26/queen-visit-catholic-northern-ireland

Queen praised for Catholic church visit
Irish Times – The first visit by Queen Elizabeth to a Catholic church in Northern Ireland yesterday has been praised by the local parish priest, Very Rev Canon Peter O’Reilly, who said it was an example to all in Northern Ireland.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0627/1224318805339.html

International media

Queen reaches out to Irish
TheChronicleHerald.ca – And in the neighbouring Protestant cathedral, a veritable who’s who of Northern Ireland religious life and politics gathered to pray for continued peace. Church …
http://thechronicleherald.ca/world/111389-queen-reaches-out-to-irish

Queen’s Northern Ireland trip milestone for peace
San Francisco Chronicle – Children wearing homemade crowns await the arrival of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, …
http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Queen-s-Northern-Ireland-trip-milestone-for-peace-3665419.php

Queen’s peacemaking trip to N Ireland includes Catholic church visit
GenevaLunch – Queen’s peacemaking trip to N Ireland includes Catholic church visit … This is her 20th visit to Northern Ireland, but is receiving more than usual attention as part
http://genevalunch.com/blog/2012/06/27/queens-peacemaking-trip-to-n-ireland-includes-catholic-church-visit/

Local sources

Archbishop of Armagh’s Address at Diamond Jubilee Service at St Macartin’s Cathedral
http://ireland.anglican.org/news/4143

UTV programme ‘The Queen in Ireland’
Includes a number of Church contributors. Available on the UTV player for 30 days from June 26:
http://www.u.tv/utvplayer/video/145193

Queen meets ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness today
Telegraph – The Queen will meet former IRA commander Martin McGuinness today, after yesterday making her first visit to a Catholic church in Northern Ireland at the start of …
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9358332/Queen-meets-ex-IRA-commander-Martin-McGuinness-today.html

Queen shakes the hand of former IRA chief Martin McGuinness
Telegraph – The monarch and Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister met briefly when the … Yesterday she made her first visit to a Catholic church in Northern Ireland at the …
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9358783/Queen-shakes-the-hand-of-former-IRA-chief-Martin-McGuinness.html

Despite the Queen’s handshake with Martin McGuinness there is little reconciliation
The Guardian – Simon Jenkins writes: Northern Ireland politics is full of dark woods and frightening places. Sharing power across an ethnic or religious divide is inherently unstable. When the present …
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/26/royal-handshake-northern-ireland