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Prince of Wales hopes conflict areas will copy Northern Ireland peace process

Published 25/05/2016

The Prince of Wales sampled award-winning sausages made by brothers Diarmuid (left) and Ernan McGettigan at McGettigan's butcher's shop in Donegal town
The Prince of Wales sampled award-winning sausages made by brothers Diarmuid (left) and Ernan McGettigan at McGettigan's butcher's shop in Donegal town
The Prince of Wales said "the relationship between Britain and Ireland is now better than ever".

The Prince of Wales has said he hopes conflict zones around the world copy the Northern Ireland peace process.

On a whistle-stop tour of Donegal in the Irish Republic - a year after his emotional trip to where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979 - Charles praised the people of the region.

"As I mentioned in Sligo last year the relationship between Britain and Ireland is now better than ever," he said.

The Prince was speaking during a civic reception at Letterkenny Institute of Technology after spending more than half an hour on The Diamond in Donegal town with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, shaking hands with hundreds of well-wishers.

"And the relationship between the communities on this island has changed fundamentally since the peace agreement of 1998 this is as evident here as anywhere," he said.

"The border is of the merest consequence and Co Donegal, Co Derry, or Londonderry, and Co Tyrone operate as a single economic entity to the great benefit of their inhabitants.

"So, I can only applaud the people of all three counties for proving that it is possible for communities that have been divided for so long to overcome their differences and create a peaceful and prosperous life together.

"I do so hope that the example you have set will be copied in other areas of the world that have suffered so much conflict."

The day-long visit to Ireland is the latest royal bid to solidify transformed relations with the Republic.

The Prince's symbolic step comes after the Queen's historic visit in 2011, when she became the first British monarch to set foot in the country for a century.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as his visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as his visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ontop of the boat house at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as they visit the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
The Duchess of Cornwall meets students during a visit to the Ballyraine National School in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. PA
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Glenveagh Castle in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal, as they visit the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PA
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Donegal Castle on May 25, 2016 in Letterkenny, Ireland. The royal couple are on a one day visit to Ireland having spent two days across the border in Northern Ireland. It is their first trip to Donegal. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets Philomena Barry, 90, who was the housekeeper of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, as Charles visits Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meets Philomena Barry, 90, who was the housekeeper of his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, as Charles visits Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (right) is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (bottom left) are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Two women protest during the visit of 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A women protests during the visit of 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Two women protest during the visit of 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by Irish TV presenter Noel Cunningham (left) as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by well wishers as they visit Donegal Town in the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ellie Nichoilan, 9, speaks with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Ellie Nichoilan, 9, speaks with the Prince of Wales at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (partially obscured) leaving Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Gardai provide security as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Donegal Town during a visit to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leaving Donegal Castle in Donegal Town, as Charles visits the Republic of Ireland in the latest royal bid to solidify transformed Anglo-Irish relations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
School children 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2016. See PA story IRISH Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
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Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-05-2016: Members of the public pictured with Prince Charles. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Portico Presbyterian Church in Portaferry CoDown Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (front, second left) attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales is greeted by Lord Lieutenant for County Down David Lindsay as he visits the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (front, second right) attends a service of thanksgiving and dedication during a visit to the Portico Arts Centre in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. The Grade A listed building, formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, has undergone a £1.5m restoration to create an arts and heritage centre used by all sections of the community. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales meeting Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 24, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Charles. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster curtseys for The Prince of Wales as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute.Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute.Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) speaks with President and Vice Chancellor of Queens University Belfast Professor Patrick Johnson (centre) and Professor John McCanny as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales shakes hands with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster as he arrives at the Northern Ireland Science Park at Queen's University Belfast, where he officially launched the University's first Global Research Institute. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the First Minster Arlene Foster as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the Deputy Lord Mayor for Belfast Guy Spence as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the Gavin Robinson MP for east Belfast as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles is greeted by the First Minster Arlene Foster as he begins his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles signs a visitors book at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles unveils a plaque at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles unveils a plaque at the end of his visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles chats to staff at the end of visit to the centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles leaves the centre after his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2016 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales starts a two day visit to Northern Ireland by launching Queen's University's first Global Research Institute at ECIT(Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology)beside the Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Area of Belfast. Prince Charles leaves the centre after his visit. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Security was tight for the couple's engagements, with two women protesting on the edge of Donegal town and about 30 republicans making their opposition known with placards a few hundred yards from Letterkenny IT.

Charles and Camilla also toured Donegal Castle, the Magee Donegal tweed factory and local artisan butchers McGettigans.

They also had a private visit to Glebe House, the home for nearly 30 years of renowned artist and friend of the Prince, Derek Hill.

The day trip ended in Glenveagh National Park and Castle.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the return visit by the royals marked Ireland and Britain's 21st century relations.

"Last year, your visit was a powerful demonstration of our two countries' shared focus on peace and reconciliation, with many elements in your programme also demonstrating 21st-century links between us - in education, in science and in many other walks of life," he said.

"If I were to characterise your welcome visit today to Donegal, it might be one which marks our 21st-century friendship, and our ever-growing efforts to work together.

"Working together between Britain and Ireland. Working together north and south on this island. Working together across our open border, between neighbouring counties - indeed between good and friendly neighbours."

Charles opened his speech in Letterkenny with a few words in Irish, echoing the ground-breaking efforts of the Queen in Dublin Castle.

"Ta athas mor orm a bheidh anseo i Leitir Ceanainn," he said, meaning I'm very happy to be here in Letterkenny.

The Prince praised the culture of the county before closing with a few more well-judged words as Gaeilge.

"It really is always, if I may say so ladies and gentleman, the greatest possible pleasure for my wife and I to visit this wonderful country," he said.

"We enjoyed ourselves so much in County Galway and County Sligo last year that we simply had to come back. We are particularly happy to come to Donegal, a place of dramatic and beautiful scenery, of music and story-telling, of myth, legend and the Irish language, and a place, of course, where the link between man and the land is still so well understood.

"It is also a place of innovation and creativity, as the work of this institute shows."

And not to be outdone the Duchess also dropped in a few words in Irish as she gave an impromptu speech to the 220 pupils and their teachers at Ballyraine National School in Letterkenny.

She asked the gathered crowd: "Cad e mar ata sibh?" (how are you?).

And she went on to express the couple's wish to come back to Ireland.

"We love coming back to Ireland and are always surprised by the warmth of the welcome we get here and can't wait to come back again," she said.

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