Cringe­wor­thy in­ter­est in royal wed­ding

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION - with Deb­o­rah Cole­man

JUST days re­main be­fore the British royal wed­ding and I don’t know why I am so sur­prised with the hype that it is cre­at­ing in Ire­land. It seems that the event which is un­der­stand­ably cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment in the UK, is get­ting its fair share of in­ter­est across Ire­land with some pub­lic events even ar­ranged.

I can’t think of any­thing worse than at­tend­ing an event to mark a royal wed­ding, whether it’s British or any other na­tion­al­ity, but there is some­thing un­mis­tak­ably cringe­wor­thy about the level of in­ter­est it has cre­ated in this coun­try.

Yes, peo­ple see it as a bit of craic, and it holds more celebrity ap­peal than any­thing to do with the monar­chy but hold­ing cel­e­bra­tory events is surely a step too far.

Would we do the same for any other celebrity or royal cou­ples? It would be just as cringe­wor­thy should sim­i­lar events be held for the likes of Bey­once or Kim Kar­dashian.

There’s a voyeuris­tic plea­sure that so many peo­ple de­rive from fol­low­ing the life and times of the British roy­als, just like a soap opera.

Fans want to know every lit­tle de­tail, from how and where they got en­gaged to the nitty gritty of the day it­self.

The num­ber of tele­vi­sion drama­ti­sa­tions that have been screened in re­cent days is tes­ta­ment to this,’ not to men­tion to stalker-like crowds which lined the streets in tents and camp­ing chairs for days be­fore Kate Mid­dle­ton gave birth to her third child a few weeks ago.The Ir­ish were chomp­ing at the bit wait­ing news of the new ar­rival as it if was one of their own fam­ily mem­bers.

The fact that Meghan Markle came to promi­nence as an Amer­i­can ac­tress is clearly adding to the in­trigue but it is crazy that a wed­ding, al­beit of a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily, is at­tract­ing such global at­ten­tion.

At home there has been quite a bit of un­rest in Done­gal where a ho­tel has can­celled a planned cel­e­bra­tory event fol­low­ing so-called in­tim­i­da­tion.

This was prob­a­bly noth­ing more than a ho­tel look­ing to boost trade and get cus­tomers in through the doors, but it ruf­fled feath­ers within the Repub­li­can com­mu­nity and fol­low­ing a num­ber of com­plaints, it was can­celled.

It is a good mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity and there was prob­a­bly no of­fence meant, but it’s not sur­pris­ing that there was some back­lash.

I can’t think of any­thing worse than at­tend­ing an event to mark a royal wed­ding.

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