On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began their four-day official visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The royal couple kicked off their tour in the city of Galway. According to Clarence House whilst there royal couple visited:
“…the National University of Ireland, Galway where they viewed a display of traditional crafts and cultural activities before joining a reception. [During their visit to the university] The Prince shook hands with Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams.
The Prince and Mr Adams sat down in a private room for 10 minutes in an engagement attended by the party’s Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott. His Royal Highness agreed to the meeting after a request by the Sinn Fein President.
[During their visit to the National University of Ireland, Galway] Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by traditional Irish dancers and enjoyed a tour of Irish crafts and fare and also saw first-hand some of the work of the university in medical research and the arts.”
Thereafter, The Prince of Wales visited the Marine Institute in Oranmore and toured the Burren in County Clare while The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Claddagh National School where she met with “…students participating in the Suas literacy program. The Duchess also attended a reception at the Mick Lally Theatre to mark the Druid theatre company’s 40th anniversary…” according to the newspaper, Clare Herald.
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