Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Donegal shamed!' - Prince Charles and Camilla greeted by two solitary protesters in Donegal town

Two protesters, one with a
Two protesters, one with a "Brits Out" banner, await the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Donegal Town, as Charles is visiting the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Prince Charles and Camilla have been greeted by two solitary protesters during their visit to Donegal town.

While the official welcome party included Irish dancers and musicians at Donegal Castle, another duo took a less welcoming tack.

Two women, one of which was dressed in a Celtic top, brandished banners exclaiming 'Brits out' and 'Donegal shamed! Patriots Dead' on the street as they awaited the arrival of the royal party.

Journalist Sean Defo took to Twitter to say that he had approached the women to find out why they were protesting and was told, "Shove it up your hole." 

He also reported hearing them saying, "This is our land, our country."

During their visit the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have visited Donegal Castle, met with locals, and called into local butchers McGettigan's, where they tasted some sausages.

Several hundred people surrounded the Diamond in the town centre for the visit and security was tight so it's not clear whether or not the royal party witnessed the protesters.

It's not the first time people have taken to the streets to protest the arrival in Ireland of members of the British monarchy.
Protesters make their way down a street in Dublin after the British Queen arrived for a four-day state visit

As the Queen arrived in Dublin for an historic four day state visit in 2011, protesters took to the streets with signs declaring 'No Royals' and 'Britain Out of Ireland'.  Celtic jerseys were also the requisite protester costume of choice then too.

And orange kilts:
A baby stroller adorned with signs of protest against the visit of Queen Elizabeth on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Reuters

In 2007, ahead of England playing Ireland at Croke Park in the Six Nations rugby union championship - and the playing of God Save the Queen in the stadium - protester took to the streets with placards that said, amongst other things, 'No foreign games'.  Several were also wearing Glasgow Celtic jerseys...

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