Wednesday 18 October 2017

Prince Charles shows off hurling skills during visit to Kilkenny... and Cody is impressed

Here's what happens when Prince Charles meets King Henry

Prince Charles pictured with Brian Cody during the visit to Kilkenny Castle. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles pictured with Brian Cody during the visit to Kilkenny Castle. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles and his wife Camillia pictured with Brian Cody during the visit to Kilkenny Castle. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles, Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody at Kilkenny Castle. Credit Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles, Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody at Kilkenny Castle. Credit Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles, Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody at Kilkenny Castle. Credit Gerry Mooney
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Kilkenny Castle. Credit Gerry Mooney
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

The last time a member of the British royal family visited Kilkenny was back in 1904.

It's doubtful that they tried their hand at hurling back then but Prince Charles showed that he was well up for it as he landed the sliotar to the back of the net.

Even Kilkenny manager Brian Cody had to admire his hand eye coordination and Prince Charles explained that he used to play hockey back in the day.

In blazing sunshine crowds of people gathered outside Kilkenny castle to greet the royal couple.

Camilla was wearing a light green suit which she had her dressmaker make up from a length of McGee tweed - a gift from her visit to Donegal last time.

She was also wearing the gold Claddagh brooch gifted to her during her visit to Galway the year before.

Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sein Fein leader Gerry Adams
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles during a visit in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Charles was wearing a light grey suit in a check print with burgundy shoes.

The couple shook hands with dozens of people waiting patiently before making their way to the farmers market where they sampled local organic produce.

A €20 note was produced by a lady-in-waiting and Camilla purchased a spotty pottery jug and a few chocolate truffles from the Truffle Fairy.

Asked if they were for Charles, she confided: "No, they're for me."

They were taken into the grounds of Kilkenny Castle where children from the local gaelscoil put on a display of hurling skills, while traditional music played.

Inside the long hall of the castle, the couple met local people and were welcomed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister for the State at the OPW Sean Canney.

Minister Flanagan said he was delighted the royal couple had come for their third visit to Ireland in as many years and that they had chosen to explore the Ancient East.

It had been something of a long gap since the last visit by a member of the British royal family to Kilkenny but he said it was the first time one of them had stuck a sliotar to the back of the net.

In an address, Prince Charles quipped that he was delighted to see the minister still in the same job since his visit to Donegal last

year and said it was "always nice" to see familiar faces.

He thanked the people of Kilkenny for their warm welcome saying: "I have always longed to come to this part of the world having heard so much about it all my life."

And he joked that he hoped and prayed that "before I drop dead" that he might have a chance to visit as many counties in Ireland as possible.

Their day continues with a visit to Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny, followed by a trip to the Curragh and to the National Stud.

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