The Prince and The Duchess visit Ireland

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Day Two

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began their final day in Ireland with a tour of Derrynane House at the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Their Royal Highnesses toured Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, one of Ireland's most respected political leaders, and met some of his descendants.

The Prince and The Duchess then launched the 'Derrynane Festival', a weekend of cultural and conservation activities, and walked down to the beautiful Derrynane beach.

Next, Their Royal Highnesses visited the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Schoolchildren lined the path leading to the landmark building, with Their Royal Highnesses stopping to say hello. Inside they were welcomed with a performance from the theatre's choir.

Mayor of Kerry, John Sheahan, said: "Today is the kind of day we have been waiting for a long, long time. It's an absolutely massive lift to the county. I think we'll see a lot of English people coming here now because of the exposure and the reception they have received.

"It is the first time I have met royalty so I am embracing that moment."

The name of the theatre, Siamsa Tire, means rural merriment or fun. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. During their visit to the building, the design of which is inspired by the ancient Ring Forts of Kerry, the Royal couple watched dancers rehearse a performance of the hard-shoe style of Munnix, which is unique to the north Kerry area.

After the show Their Royal Highnesses were presented with a piece of slate from Valentia Island, before being shown some local food produce and touring a biodiversity area.

At the historic Muckross House, also in County Kerry, The Prince and The Duchess viewed the brooch given to Queen Victoria, The Prince’s great-great-great grandmother, on her visit there in 1861. Her Royal Highness took part in an Irish lesson at Muckross School House and heard local school children sing a traditional Irish song. 

Day One

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Cork this morning to begin the Royal visit to Ireland. 

Their Royal Highnesses began their visit at the city's famous English Market, where they met local residents, toured the market and met traders. 

Their Royal Highnesses sampled a wine blended especially for their visit with Cornish and Irish ingredients.

The Royal couple joined in the traditional Irish toast of "slainte" as they tasted the tipple.

"It's a good combination," The Prince said of the novel mix.

Pat O'Connell, the owner of a fish stall, showed The Prince and The Duchess fresh salmon caught a short distance from the market in the River Lee.

"It's been an incredible visit," Mr O'Connell said.

"It's fantastic for Cork city, fantastic for the English market and fantastic for local Irish produce."

At Cork City Hall, The Prince of Wales delivered a speech.

His Royal Highness said: "You have no idea what a joy it is for me and my wife to be back in Ireland again.

"We have been profoundly touched by the warmth of the reception we have received.

"We have felt every single one of the 'cead mile failtes' extended to us."

"Ireland is a country that my wife and I have come to love. Above all, the warmth of its people and the irresistible haunting beauty of its landscape." Read The Prince of Wales speech in full. 

The Prince then enjoyed a tour of University College Cork (UCC). His Royal Highness was greeted by the institution's president, Professor Patrick O'Shea, before he met students and signed the visitors' book. 

The Prince of Wales was also shown the ApisProtect Beehive, which uses unique, innovative technology to help bee keepers prevent loss and increase hive productivity, and heard about research projects taking place at the university. 

Next, His Royal Highness visited The National Maritime College of Ireland where he took control of a virtual ship in the Bridge simulator and watched search and rescue training being carried out. 

The Prince of Wales watches a display during a visit to the National Maritime College of Ireland
The Prince of Wales watches a display during a visit to the National Maritime College of Ireland

The Prince of Wales then visited the Irish Naval Base where His Royal Highness inspected the Guard of Honour before meeting cadets and Irish Naval personnel.

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall visited a women's refuge in Cork City for victims of domestic violence.

The centre, which has served the area for more than 40 years, offers counselling and support for women and children.

Her Royal Highness hailed the work of the refuge for letting women know "they are not alone".

Before departing, The Duchess presented a hamper to the refuge filled with sweets, chocolate and fudge for the children who live there, and met with the artist in residence who works with children through art therapy.

The Duchess of Cornwall then visited The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and learnt how the dogs here are being trained to support people with vision impairment and children with health conditions such as diabetes and autism.

Jack O Mahoney, from Cork, who has been blind since birth, gave Her Royal Highness a card written in Braille during her visit to the Irish Guide Dogs training centre.

Ms O Mahoney, Jack's mother, said that The Duchess was "very warm and took a real interest in Jack."

In the evening, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a dinner at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork to celebrate the connections between the UK and Ireland.

The Prince made a toast and said: "We have had one of the most special days possible here, with you all in Cork. And the fact that it has taken so long to reach here is something that has been much on my mind for a very long time.

"But at last we have managed to reach Cork, the real capital of Ireland!"