Friday 15 December 2017

Yeats' grave, the Burren and a day at the races all on Prince's agenda

The Burren, Co. Clare
The Burren, Co. Clare
Yeats Grave Drumcliffe Co. Sligo
The grave of WB Yeats and the Burren in Co Clare are on the intinerary for the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall will mark their trip to Ireland later this month with a visit to the Burren, Yeats' grave and a day at the races.

The itinerary for the four- day trip also includes visits to Galway and to Mullaghmore, the site of the IRA murder of the Prince's great-uncle Lord Mountbatten.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will begin the trip in Galway on May 19. They will attend a reception at NUI, Galway to celebrate Irish crafts, dancing and music.

The Prince of Wales will highlight environment and conservation projects with visits to the Marine Institute in Galway and the Burren in Clare.

The Duchess will also undertake a series of solo engagements, thought to include a visit to St Nicholas' National School in the Claddagh. The couple will then attend a private dinner with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

On Wednesday they will travel to Sligo where they will be welcomed at a civic reception. They will attend a service of Peace and Reconciliation at St Columba's Church, in Drumcliffe before visiting the grave of WB Yeats to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

They will also visit Mullaghmore, the scene of the 1979 murder of Charles' great-uncle Lord Mountbatten before attending the Sligo Races.

On Thursday, the couple will travel to Belfast for a reception and concert at Hillsborough Castle. They will visit Mount Stewart house and gardens and Corrymeela, Northern Ireland's oldest Peace and Reconciliation centre.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan welcomed the programme as well balanced and interesting.

"This visit to the West of Ireland further cements the reconciliation work of recent decades, to which Prince Charles has made a strong contribution through his previous visits to Ireland," he added.

Irish Independent

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