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The Prince of Wales has begun a four-day tour of Ireland, north and south

By Ed Carty

Published 19/05/2015

Prince Charles Camilla cut a cake with the help of Mr David Lindsay, HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down during their visit to Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles Camilla cut a cake with the help of Mr David Lindsay, HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down during their visit to Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall cut a cake with the help of Mr David Lindsay, HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down during their visit to Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall cut a cake with the help of Mr David Lindsay, HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down during their visit to Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with the famous "Hamiltonian" by George Stubbs as she visits Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Mount Stewart House and Garden on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle Co Antrim which is Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive by helicopter to visit the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle Co Antrim which is Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall tour the Gardens talking to workers at Mount Stewart House, in Co Down on the last day of their visit to Northern Ireland.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall emerge from the house to tour the Gardens at Mount Stewart House, in Co Down on the last day of their visit to Northern Ireland.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall slice a sponge cake resembling Mount Stewart House, in Co Down, during a tour for the official re-opening of the National Trust property, which has undergone a refurbishment.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales laughs as he visits Mount Stewart on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall tour the Gardens with Head Gardener Neil Porteous at Mount Stewart House, in Co Down on the last day of their visit to Northern Ireland.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Mount Stewart on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall tour Mount Stewart House, in Co Down on the last day of their visit to Northern Ireland.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Mount Stewart on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales talks with a dancer during a reception and concert featuring performers from Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall pose with performers during a reception and concert featuring performers from Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits Mount Stewart on May 22, 2015 in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre Corrymeela on the final day of their visit of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to St Patrick's Church, in Belfast
The Prince of Wales, waves as he walks out of St Patrick's Church, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with Fr Michael Sheehan, as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 21, 2015. The Prince of Wales has visited a Catholic church in Belfast that has been at the centre of a series of bitter marching disputes involving Protestant loyal orders and loyalist bands. St Patrick's Church has witnessed disorder and discord in recent years, with some parading loyalist bandsmen accused of provocative and sectarian behaviour while passing the place of worship. The visit of the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall will be seen as another symbolic gesture by a Royal family keen to contribute to reconciliation in Northern Ireland. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall meets school children as she visits Ballyhackamore Credit Union in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the Prince of Wales and Camilla, attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 21, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall meets school children as she visits Ballyhackamore Credit Union in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the Prince of Wales and Camilla, attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 21, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall receives flowers from Sophie Booker,ten, as she visits Ballyhackamore Credit Union in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the Prince of Wales and Camilla, attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 21, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Patron of The Big Lunch Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall reacts as she attends a reception for supporters of the community initiative on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Patron of The Big Lunch Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greets well wishers on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Patron of The Big Lunch Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall reacts as she attends a reception for supporters of the community initiative on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Patron of The Big Lunch Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greets well wishers on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets well wishers as he visits St Patrick's Church on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets school children as she visits Ballyhackamore Credit Union on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 21: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits Ballyhackamore Credit Union on May 21, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will attend a series of engagements in Northern Ireland following their two day visit in the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patricks Church in Belfast during their visit Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patricks Church in Belfast during their visit Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patricks Church in Belfast during their visit Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patricks Church in Belfast during their visit Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patricks Church in Belfast during their visit Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Prince Charles is greeted by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegal Street in Belfast City Centre as part of his trip to Ireland both North and South. The church has been the focus of Orange Order parading issues in the last number of years. Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness follows up his meeting with the Queen by greeting Price Charles on his visit.
Protestors await the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrives at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Prince Charles is greeted by Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Protestors await the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Protestors await the arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
Prince Charles visits the village of Mullaghmore, where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979
The Duchess of Cornwall with owners Constance Cassidy (left) and Eddie Walsh during a visit to Lissadell House, Sligo - W.B.Yeats summer house - on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall after a service of peace and reconciliation at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall receive a painting after a service of peace and reconciliation at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (2nd left) and The Duchess of Cornwall (3rd left) at the grave of WB Yeats after attending a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (centre) and Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin (behind) after a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (centre) and the Very Rev. Arfon Williams at the grave of WB Yeats after attending a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a prayer following planting a London Oak after a service of peace and reconciliation at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (right) talking to Bethany McLoughlin who was part of a choir that sang during a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (centre) and Duchess of Cornwall (left) meet Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese (centre right) and her husband Martin (behind) as they attend a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (centre) and the Duchess of Cornwall (left) attends a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
A peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe attended by the The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on day two of a four day visit to Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Colm Mahady/PA Wire
SLIGO, IRELAND - MAY 20: (L-R) The Very Rev. Arfon Williams, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan attend a tree planting ceremony after a service of peace and reconciliation at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland on May 20, 2015 in Sligo, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland yesterday for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SLIGO, IRLEAND - MAY 20: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leaves after attending a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland on May 20, 2015 in Sligo, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland yesterday for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SLIGO, IRLEAND - MAY 20: Prince Charle, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a ceremony to plant a London Oak tree after a service of peace and reconciliation at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland on May 20, 2015 in Sligo, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland yesterday for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SLIGO, IRLEAND - MAY 20: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talking to Bethany McLoughlin who was part of a choir that sang during a peace and reconciliation prayer service at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliffe on the second day of a four day visit to Ireland on May 20, 2015 in Sligo, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland yesterday for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) listens as farmer Pat Nagle talks during his visit to the Burren National Park in west Ireland, on May 19, 2015. Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELLJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
The Prince of Wales as he helps build a dry stone wall during his visit to the Burren in County Clare, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology on on the first day of his Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and BurrenBeo Trust Project Manager Brendan Dunford (C) examine the flora during his visit to the Burren, a vast area of limestone rock, at Burren National Park in west Ireland, on May 19, 2015. Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELLJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) walks with BurrenBeo Trust Project Manager Brendan Dunford, (R) and Trust Coordinator Brigid Barry during his visit to the Burren, a vast area of limestone rock, at Burren National Park in west Ireland, on May 19, 2015. Prince Charles on Tuesday became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELLJOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall samples a cocktail, called "The Duchess" as she visits the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival at the House Hotel in Galway, west Ireland on May 19, 2015. Prince Charles became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEFF J MITCHELLJEFF J MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival at the House Hotel in Galway, west Ireland on May 19, 2015. Prince Charles became the first British royal to meet Irish republican leader Gerry Adams, on a visit that will take him to the scene of his great-uncle's murder by the IRA. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEFF J MITCHELLJEFF J MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images
THE BURREN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with Brendan Dunford manager of Burren Life and Bridgid Barry Burrenbeo during his visit to The Burren, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology, on the first day of his Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in County Clare, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Mcc0062419 ??Eddie Mulholland eddie_mulholland@hotmail.com 07831257107 The Prince of Wales visiting the Burren, Galway to explore it's rare landscape and to learn about the challenges facing it's farming community. He met students and conservation volunteers, watched local children playing traditional music and was presented with a hamper of local produce. PIC: HRH with Brendan Dunford manager of Burren Life and Bridgid Barry Burrenbeo
THE BURREN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (R) looking on during his visit to The Burren, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology, on the first day of his Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in County Clare, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
THE BURREN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is helped up a short climb by Brigid Barry and Brendan Dunford during his visit to The Burren, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology, on the first day of his Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in County Clare, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
THE BURREN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is given a talk on farming by local farmer Pat Nagle during his visit to The Burren, an ancient and dramatic stony outcrop famed for its rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology, on the first day of his Royal visit to the Republic of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in County Clare, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) with the Prince of Wales (right) at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall Photo credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) with the Prince of Wales (left) at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales who was presented with a 330milion year old fossil from near Mulaghmore by Prof Andy Wheeler, at the Marine Institute in Galwa, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) with the Prince of Wales (left) at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) presents the Prince of Wales (right) with a limited edition commemorative medal in honour of John Philip Holland, Irish inventor of the modern submarine, at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST 26/8/09. A Collect of Paul Maxwell with his sister Lisa , who was murdered with Lord Louis Mountbatten by an IRA bomb while sailing near his holiday home in County Sligo, Ireland, on 27th August, 1979
The Prince of Wales at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets meets Gwen Carroll from Cork at the Marine Institute in Galway, on day one of a four day visit to Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 19, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
GALWAY, IRELAND - MAY 19: Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales visit the Marine Institute on May 19, 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
GALWAY, IRELAND - MAY 19: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall plant an oak tree at a welcome reception at National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall watch an Irish dancing performance along with Tanaiste Joan Burton (in pink) and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht (L) at a welcome reception at National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway (Photo by Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The moment Prince Charles and Gerry Adams shook hands was captured by BBC cameras
The Prince of Wales (left) shakes hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland, where he is to meet Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in a historic encounter.
The Prince is of Wales (centre) is greeted on his arrival at Shannon airport by Rose Hynes, Chairman Shannon Airport Authority (left) and Pat Breen TD, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs at the start of his 4 day visit to Ireland.
The Prince is of Wales (left) is greeted on his arrival at Shannon airport by Cllr Joe Cooney, Cathaoirleach, Clare County Council (2nd left)) and British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott and Jane Chilcott at the start of his 4 day visit to Ireland.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, arrives at the National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Darren Staples - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams speaks to the media as he arrives at the National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Darren Staples - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales arrives at the National University of Ireland on May 19, 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Ireland today for their four day visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland, the visit has been described by the British Embassy as another important step in promoting peace and reconciliation. (Photo by Darren Staples - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Belfast
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (right) at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he will meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at a welcome reception.
Timothy Knatchbull is taken into an ambulance after the IRA bomb attack in 1979 which killed his uncle Lord Mountbatten
Police frogmen at the scene of the murders of Lord Mountbatten and others in 1979
Paul was killed aged 15 in the IRA blast which claimed the life of Earl Mountbatten in 1979
In this file photo taken in August 1947 and released by Indian Ministry of Defense, Indian last Governor General Lord Mountbatten salutes the Indian national flag hosted at India Gate as Lady Edwina, second right, and India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru,right, looks on, during independence day celebrations, in New Delhi, India, August 1947. Sixty years ago this month, India and Pakistan won their Independence, now Pakistan, no stranger to domestic turmoil, is embroiled in an increasingly violent struggle between Islamic extremists and moderates, where as India is racing to become an economic powerhouse, lightning growth has transformed the country and fueled a consumer boom. (AP Photo/Indian Ministry of Defense, HO, File)
1977 at a polo match at Windsor; Prince Charles, and Lord Mountbatten with Prince Philip
File photo dated 20/11/1947 Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh with their eight bridesmaids in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Lady Edwina Mountbatten (1901 - 1960) with Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964) at a reception given for him by the Indian High Commissioner in London at Kensington Palace Gardens, 11th February 1955. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Library filer dated 16/07/1959 of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was a key figure in the partition of India and Pakistan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 29, 2006. Uncle Dickie, as he was affectionately known by the royals, was the last Viceroy of the British Indian Empire and oversaw an accelerated plan in 1947 to achieve partition and independence, not within the 12 months as expected but in just over 70 days. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Pakistan yesterday for their first ever trip to the Islamic republic.
Library filer from 1965 of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The Irish Government rejected an offer from Lord Mountbatten for the free use of his castle in County Sligo, according to newly-released files. The former Earl of Burma, who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979, had inherited Classiebawn Castle after the death of his wife. He wrote to the Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in March 1975 to offer the castle to the state as a gesture to cement his family's close connection with Ireland.
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11th May 1937: Lord Louis Mountbatten chats to a spectator at a polo match at Hurlingham. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
14th March 1956: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964) and Dr Radhakrishnan (1888 - 1975) welcoming Viscount Louis Mountbatten (1900 - 1979) and his wife to India at New Delhi Airport. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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The Prince of Wales has expressed regret over lives lost in Northern Ireland's Troubles, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said.

Mr Adams, one of the most prominent and controversial republican figures of the last 50 years, said he spoke to Charles in a private meeting about the 1979 IRA bombing in which his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered.

"Both he and we expressed our regret for what happened from 1968 onwards," Mr Adams said.

"We were of a common mind and the fact that the meeting took place, it obviously was a big thing for him to do and a big thing for us to do."

The meeting took place at National University of Ireland Galway after the Sinn Fein chief and the Prince shook hands during a reception.

They 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.

Lord Mountbatten, the 79-year-old cousin of the Queen, was targeted by the IRA as he set off with family and a local teenager to gather lobster pots and fish for shrimp 600 yards from the harbour of the normally peaceful fishing village of Mullaghmore, Co Sligo.

Lord Mountbatten was murdered along with Lady Doreen Brabourne, the 83-year-old mother-in-law of the earl's daughter, his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, and 14-year-old Paul Maxwell, from Killynure, Enniskillen.

Mr Adams said the assassination in Mullaghmore was touched upon, along with atrocities committed elsewhere during the Troubles.

"We spoke about his loss and also the loss suffered by the Maxwell family, their son Paul, up in Mullaghmore," Mr Adams said.

Charles agreed to the meeting after a request by the Sinn Fein president in a move which would have been unthinkable until a few years ago and sets the tone for the four-day visit.

Mr Adams said the Prince felt able to empathise with other people who had suffered during the 40 years of violence on the island of Ireland.

"I think it was good that he's come here and I think it's good that he has come to Mullaghmore, and I think it's good that we met," he said.

"We did discuss the need for the entire process to move forward, particularly in terms of people who've suffered, families who've been bereaved. The need to heal, to heal relations between the people of these islands and on this island.

"He reflected on the fact that his suffering has given him an affinity and understanding with other people."

It is understood royal sources are looking on the meeting as productive and conciliatory and it is also considered that due credit is being given to the Queen for her efforts in visiting Ireland in 2011.

As Charles and Mr Adams met in full public view in a packed hall as the Prince toured the university in the first engagement of his packed agenda, the two men smiled at each other, shook hands for several seconds and exchanged words.

The meeting comes on the eve of Charles's emotional walkabout in the seaside village where the Mountbatten assassination occurred.

"Today's meeting with Prince Charles is a significant symbolic and practical step forward in the process of healing and reconciliation arising from the peace process," said Mr Adams.

"He and his family were hurt and suffered great loss by the actions of Irish republicans. I am very conscious of this and of the sad loss of the Maxwell family whose son Paul was killed at Mullaghmore and I thank all involved, including Charles, for their forbearance."

Mr Adams is the most senior republican to meet the Prince and it comes after his party colleague Martin McGuinness, the Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and former IRA commander, shook hands with Charles at a state banquet in Windsor Castle last year and met the Queen in 2012.

But the handshake with Mr Adams will chime with the theme of peace and reconciliation at the prayer gathering in St Columba's Church, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo tomorrow, a few miles from Mullaghmore.

It is also being looked upon as the next phase in ever-deepening relations, friendships and bonds between the UK and Ireland.

Mr Adams added: "I said 'cead mile failte aris' (welcome back). I told him in Irish and English that it was good he was back in Ireland."

The Sinn Fein leader, who gave up his Westminster seat for West Belfast to stand for the Irish parliament in 2011, was challenged following the meeting on allegations he has always denied that he was in the IRA.

"I am completely honest in that," Mr Adams said when pressed by media.

"Why don't we have a good day of it, my friend. Obviously the past has to be dealt with and we are up for doing that."

Charles is joined over the four days by the Duchess of Cornwall.

It will be the royal couple's first official engagement in Ireland but not the first time in the country for either of them as both have visited many times in a personal capacity, including the Prince's trips to the Duke of Devonshire's Lismore Castle in Co Cork.

Charles was last in the Republic on formal business in 2002 and had previously been in the country in 1995.

At the opening engagement the royal couple 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.

Charles told a crowd of more than 100 invited guests, dignitaries and politicians that it was a "very great pleasure" to be in Galway.

He started his remarks with "a dhaoine uaisle", the Irish equivalent of "ladies and gentlemen".

The Prince said he "may be a little too old to learn the steps of the Irish dancing routine" before adding that "having been an admirer of Fred Astaire ever since I can remember, it would be marvellous if I could".

He said: "Having first had the privilege of coming to Ireland in 1995 and then again in 2002, each time I have been so overwhelmed and so deeply touched by the extraordinary kindness, the welcome and indeed the fun of being in Ireland.

"Apart from anything else, the chance of plenty of good jokes and laughter make the whole difference to life."

Irish coral gift for Charles

BY DAVID YOUNG

The Prince of Wales has been presented with a piece of fossil coral from Mullaghmore ahead of his visit to the scene of Lord Mountbatten's murder.

The 330 million-year-old gift, cut from the shoreline of the Co Sligo fishing village, was given to Charles as he toured Ireland's Marine Institute in west Galway with the Irish premier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

University College Cork geology professor Andrew Wheeler, who presented the gift, said he hoped the polished coral would provide Charles with another perspective on Mullaghmore.

"It's 330 million years old," he said. "All of that time it's been lying there. It grew in warm tropical seas next to a land mass with no name and which had no flag. It's seen the tribes of Ireland come and go. It's seen the Normans, the Plantaganets, the Tudors, the British Empire, the Troubles - it's seen all of those things.

"But that history, that recent history, is really just a fleeting glimpse in its long, long history - so it adds a perspective to that recent history.

"It's quite poignant and personal - a nice message about a place that has been difficult for the Prince."

Charles will journey to Mullaghmore tomorrow to view the harbour where his godfather was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Ireland's national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation is on a scenic stretch of coastline at Rinville, near Oranmore.

During his visit Charles was briefed on the work of the institute. He was also shown some of the equipment it uses for marine conservation.

Ireland's agriculure minister Simon Conveney joined the Prince and Mr Kenny on the tour.

"I was delighted to be able to showcase the work taking place in Galway to Prince Charles, who has long had an interest in our understanding and governance of the oceans."

The institute provides scientific and technical advice to the Irish government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland's marine resource.

Set up in 1991, among its roles is assessing commercial fish and shellfish stocks in the waters around Ireland, ensuring aquaculture industry conforms to best practice regulations, and maintaining food safety standards in Irish seafood products.

During his 40-minute visit, Charles also heard about the first transatlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance between the EU, Canada and the US.

The Irish-led survey will begin next month when the RV Celtic Explorer sails from Newfoundland in Canada to Galway.

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