Friday 21 July 2017

Queen visits historic medieval site at Rock of Cashel

The Queen ends her historic tour of Ireland by visiting an ancient tourist attraction today.

The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh will tour the Rock of Cashel - a collection of medieval buildings that are a big draw for visitors to the Republic.

The royal couple's state visit to Ireland has been hailed as a spectacular diplomatic triumph.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had talks with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday, said the visit and the Queen's momentous speech in Dublin Castle had struck a chord with people in the Republic.

"What she said about things that could have been done differently or not been done at all, I think will have spoken volumes to people in Ireland," Mr Cameron said.

The decision to lay wreaths in memory of the men and women who fought for Irish independence and the 49,000 Irish soldiers killed in the First World War provoked a response on the streets of Dublin which was way beyond Buckingham Palace's wildest dreams.

A palace spokeswoman said the Queen and Duke have been delighted by the welcome they have received.

"The mood is very buoyant in the household. The visit will be in the Queen's mind for a very long time when she returns home," she said.

Later the royal couple will travel to Cork where they will tour the popular English Market - a major feature of the city since the 18th century.

It houses a range of stalls selling meat, seafood, cheeses and many other foods and showcases the best in Irish produce.

The royals will also tour the Tyndall National Institute, a leading technology institution, where they are expected to meet five-month-old former conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, who were separated at London's Great Ormond Street hospital last month after a marathon period of surgery.

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