Controversy over proposals to screen Royal wedding at Limerick’s Milk Market

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

CONTROVERSY and confusion reigned in Limerick today over whether a screening of the Royal wedding should be broadcast from Limerick’s historic Milk Market next week.

CONTROVERSY and confusion reigned in Limerick today over whether a screening of the Royal wedding should be broadcast from Limerick’s historic Milk Market next week.

The chairman of the market, Fine Gael councillor Michael Sheahan, said yesterday he had made the decision not to allow the screening of the wedding to go ahead, despite previously advertised.

However, he has now said he has no objection to the screening if the logistics of the operation can be solved, as 40 traders will occupy spaces in the market on that day. “I have no problem in dealing with a scaled down version of what was originally proposed,” he said.

Cllr Sheahan earlier said he feared the broadcast might upset someone people’s “sensibilities” and was concerned there might be a protest.

He said they didn’t wish to draw publicity to the newly developed market “for the wrong reasons, and there’s always a possibility of a protest or two.”

Local Sinn Fein city councillor Maurice Quinlivan said he would also object to it being screened in a public venue in the city.

“It is controversial. Not everyone welcomes the Royal visit or things to do with royalty. There’s almost a view out there now that you can’t be opposed to this anymore, but you can. I’m opposed to the royal visit and it being shown in the Milk Market,” said Cllr Quinlivan, who is a member of the market trustees.

Independent city councillor John Gilligan said the “market is not there to promote the monarchy”.

“I’m not against people watching the royal wedding, but I’m not going to go around peddling the illusion that these people are somehow special. It’s palpable nonsense which people should have left behind at six years of age. It’s total fiction,” he said.

Model agent Celia Holman Lee, who is behind Fashion Friday event in the Milk Market, said it made perfect sense to show the wedding before the fashion show to satisfy their audience.

The fashion event on April 29, which includes two fashion shows, is still going ahead.

It is proposed to have two smaller screens in the Milk Market instead to showcase the fashion event and the wedding.

The fashion show is part of the Riverfest celebrations over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The four-day festival is worth an estimated €20 million to the local economy, and will run from April 29 to May 2.