With the GAA due to entertain Queen Elizabeth at Croke Park during her upcoming visit to Ireland next month, one Irish artist feels 'ma'am' could best understand the natives' games by taking to the field herself.
"I figure as she was in Dublin, the Queen would be wearing blue and playing for Dublin but I couldn't quite go as far as to put her in the O'Neill's jersey," Niall O'Loughlin told me this week.
One wonders what the Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who will be accompanying the Queen when she visits on May 18, will make of the fastest moving game in the world, dubbed the 'Riverdance Of Sport'?
The hurleys certainly won't put him off. In 1996 he outraged gun law reformers when he said: "There's no evidence that people who use weapons for sport are any more dangerous than people who use golf clubs or tennis rackets or cricket bats."
Niall O'Loughlin's work can be seen in the Balla Bán Gallery in the Westbury Mall on Dublin's Grafton St.