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Prince Charles makes emotional visit to Mountbatten bomb site

By Ed Carty and David Young

Published 20/05/2015

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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Noel Coward(left) with Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
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.
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST 26/8/09. A Collect of Paul Maxwell,It was the last ever picture taken of him 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
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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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Britain Queen Elizabeth II...Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, centre with back to camera, are greeted on their arrival at London Airort, on Feb. 7, 1952. The royal couple cut short their official trip to Kenya and returned home following the death of King George VI. Prince Philip is talking to Earl Mountbatten of Burma, left. (AP Photo)...A

The Prince of Wales has paid an emotional visit to the picturesque Irish harbour village where the IRA murdered Lord Mountbatten, his beloved great uncle.

Several hundred locals lined the streets of Mullaghmore, Co Sligo as the prince and the Duchess of Cornwall made a poignant walkabout almost 36 years on from the boat bomb attack which claimed the lives of a man Charles today described as "the grandfather I never had" and three others.

Earlier he said the murders had given him a deep understanding of the pain suffered by victims of the 30-year Northern Ireland conflict.

Earl Mountbatten, who enjoyed summer holidays for decades at nearby Classiebawn Castle, was blown up on board the pleasure boat Shadow V after he set out from the harbour along the Atlantic coast to pick lobster pots and fish.

The other victims were Lady Doreen Brabourne, 83, the mother-in-law of Mountbatten's daughter, who died a day later; Nicholas Knatchbull, the earl's grandson, who was 14; and his friend Paul Maxwell, a 15-year-old local boy from Killynure, Enniskillen, who had worked on preparing the royal boat for fishing.

"In August 1979, my much-loved great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was killed alongside his young grandson and my godson, Nicholas, and his friend, Paul Maxwell, and Nicholas's grandmother, the Dowager Lady Brabourne," the prince said prior to his late afternoon trip to Mullaghmore.

"At the time I could not imagine how we would come to terms with the anguish of such a deep loss since, for me, Lord Mountbatten represented the grandfather I never had.

"So it seemed as if the foundations of all that we held dear in life had been torn apart irreparably."

Charles made the remarks at The Model arts centre in Sligo earlier in the day, ahead of attending a peace and reconciliation prayer service in nearby Drumcliffe.

From Drumcliffe's St Columba's church, where Charles and Camilla paused at the grave of literary great WB Yeats, the royal couple travelled northward to Mullaghmore.

They arrived at about 5pm to meet others affected by the IRA attack and those involved in the rescue.

Among those who greeted the prince was Peter McHugh, a lifelong resident of Mullaghmore and one of those most closely associated with efforts to rescue the Mountbatten party.

Last week he described how doors and other materials were used as makeshift stretchers to bring the dead and injured ashore.

The couple also met Kevin Henry, a retired Garda who was on security detail for Lord Mountbatten when the IRA struck.

He saw the aftermath of the huge bomb from the headland above the village.

Others included local couple Elizabeth and Richard Woodmartin who pulled Timothy Knatchbull from the water after his brother Nicholas suffered fatal injuries.

Mr Knatchbull accompanied Charles and Camilla on their short tour of Mullaghmore with his wife Isabella.

Members of Paul Maxwell's family, including his father John and mother Mary, met Charles privately in the Pier Head Hotel, where victims of the bombing were treated once on shore.

Mr McHugh walked with the prince along the lines of well-wishers where the royal couple stopped on several occasions to shake hands and exchange greetings.

At the slipway to the harbour, from where Lord Mountbatten set out to sea that fateful morning, Mr McHugh pointed the area around the bay to the prince.

Referring directly to the impact the murder had on him, Charles earlier told his audience at the Model arts centre: "Through this dreadful experience, though, I now understand in a profound way the agonies borne by so many others in these islands, of whatever faith, denomination or political tradition."

Charles has previously referred to Lord Mountbatten in his journals as someone who was infinitely special, a confidante who showed enormous affection but also someone who criticised and praised.

Lord Mountbatten was admiral of the fleet in the Second World War and the last viceroy of India.

His murder happened on one of the bloodiest day of the Troubles.

As news of the royal assassination reverberated worldwide, 18 British soldiers were blown up in an IRA ambush in Co Down which became known as the Narrow Water massacre.

Recovery of the body of Lord Mountbatten, killed in an explosion on his boat by the IRA. (1979). FILE PIC.
Recovery of the body of Lord Mountbatten, killed in an explosion on his boat by the IRA. (1979). FILE PIC.
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MSI Earl Mountbatten Funeral
Noel Coward(left) with Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
11th May 1937: Lord Louis Mountbatten chats to a spectator at a polo match at Hurlingham. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
File photo dated 20/11/1947 of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving next week. Retracing their footsteps down the aisle, the royal couple will return to Westminster Abbey, where they married 60 years ago. See PA Story ROYAL Anniversary. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
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. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving next week. Retracing their footsteps down the aisle, the royal couple will return to Westminster Abbey, where they married 60 years ago. See PA Story ROYAL Anniversary. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
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)
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)
Britain Queen Elizabeth II...Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, centre with back to camera, are greeted on their arrival at London Airort, on Feb. 7, 1952. The royal couple cut short their official trip to Kenya and returned home following the death of King George VI. Prince Philip is talking to Earl Mountbatten of Burma, left. (AP Photo)...A
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)
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
Royal visit to Ireland...Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore Co Sligo which used to be owned by Lord Mountbatten as the town is to be visited by the Prince Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 15, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST 26/8/09. Mary Hornsey 'The Mother of Paul Maxwell, 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
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL BELFAST 26/8/09. A Collect of Paul Maxwell,It was the last ever picture taken of him 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
View of a page from the book of register, showing the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 13, 2007. Issue date: Friday November 16, 2007. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving next week. Retracing their footsteps down the aisle, the royal couple will return to Westminster Abbey, where they married 60 years ago. See PA Story ROYAL Anniversary. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
File photo dated 31/10/1947 of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, RN, now the Duke of Edinburgh, receiving a wedding present of an electric sewing machine at Clydebank town hall where they were launching the liner 'Caronia.' PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving next week. Retracing their footsteps down the aisle, the royal couple will return to Westminster Abbey, where they married 60 years ago. See PA Story ROYAL Anniversary. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Lord Mountbatten in navy uniform 1965
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.
File photo dated 20/11/1947 of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving next week. Retracing their footsteps down the aisle, the royal couple will return to Westminster Abbey, where they married 60 years ago.

The prince was on the second day of a four-day trip to the island of Ireland with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Today he also recalled the thousands of Irish soldiers who died fighting in the First World War and said the centenary commemorations of the fight against Germany provided common ground for Britain and Ireland.

"We all have regrets," he said. "As my mother said in Dublin Castle, 'with the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we wish had been done differently or not at all'.

"I'm only too deeply aware of the long history of suffering which Ireland has endured, not just in recent decades but over the years of its history.

"It's a history that I know has caused much pain and resentment in a world of imperfect human beings where it is always too easy to over-generalise and attribute blame."

Mullaghmore has remained synonymous with IRA terrorism and the 30-year conflict since the attack.

The area and its surroundings are in what is known as Yeats country. Charles today recalled a verse by the renowned poet, who wrote "and I shall have some peace there, peace comes dropping slowly".

The prince added: "As a grandfather myself I pray that his words can apply to all those who have been so hurt and scarred by the troubles of the past so that all of us, all of us who inhabit these Atlantic islands, may leave our grandchildren a lasting legacy of peace, forgiveness and friendship."

Charles said the Mountbattens still recall their summers in Classiebawn Castle and Mullaghmore from 1946-79 as times of great happiness.

He also paid tribute to the local people who helped in the rescue after the bombing and extended their support.

"Many of them showed the most extraordinary outpouring of compassion and support to both Lord Mountbatten's and Paul Maxwell's families in the aftermath of the bombing," he said.

"Their loving kindness has done much to aid the healing process."

Further reading

Prince Charles: I feel pain of victims who suffered during Northern Ireland Troubles  

'Lord Mountbatten was the grandfather I never had'

Gerry Adams in 'meeting of minds' with Prince Charles

Prince Charles' 'regret' over deaths during Northern Ireland Troubles

Rescuers hope visit brings closure

BY ED CARTY

Rescuers who pulled the dead and injured of the Mountbatten party from the wreckage of the 1979 IRA bombing have said they hope the visit by the Prince of Wales will bring him closure.

Peter McHugh, one of the key figures in getting the bodies and survivors from the water off Mullaghmore, Co Sligo on August 27 1979, said Charles showed signs of relief.

"I suppose it was a very joyous occasion and at times quite an emotional occasion because it just brought back the memories of what happened on the day," he said. "Obviously being so close to Lord Mountbatten it must have been very difficult for him."

Mr McHugh, in his 20s when the atrocity which claimed four lives took place, has lived all his life in the village and escorted Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on their visit.

He was joined by Timothy Knatchbull, who was 14 at the time and survived the blast, and his wife Isabella, as they met hundreds of well-wishers before private meetings with the Maxwell family, who lost their son Paul aged 15, in the terror attack.

"Paul was a very valued member of the community and much-loved, so it brings back those memories," Mr McHugh said.

"Today is just another step in the healing process."

Speaking of the impact of the prince seeing the murder site first hand Mr McHugh said: "I think he was hugely relieved that he has come here and I think it will be of huge benefit to him."

Meetings with rescuers took place in the Pier Head Hotel overlooking the harbour in Mullaghmore where the dead and injured were rushed to on makeshift stretchers after being taken from the water.

Lord Mountbatten was murdered along with three others.

Lady Doreen Brabourne, 83, the mother-in-law of Mountbatten's daughter died one day later, Nicholas Knatchbull, the earl's grandson and aged only 14, and his teenage friend Paul Maxwell, from Killynure, Enniskillen, who prepared the royal boat for fishing trips.

Mr McHugh's mother and sister, both nurses, were among those to give first aid.

A number of people from the area who witnessed the bombing or knew the Mountbattens were visibly moved by the prince's visit.

Richard Wood-Martin, who helped with his wife Elizabeth to pull Timothy Knatchbull from the water minutes after the blast, was in another boat only about 200m from the explosion on Shadow V.

"There was a puff of smoke, a loud bang and a shower of bits of timber and the boat was gone," Mr Wood-Martin said.

"How they survived I can't understand."

On the rescue of Mr Knatchbull, Mr Wood-Martin, who lives in Mullaghmore, said: "I managed to pull him on to the boat. He was face down in the water."

His wife added: "He was going down for the last time. I pulled his hair as my husband pulled him on board.

"We had a great reunion. It was a terrible experience.

"We were delighted we could save someone and we hope today will be a closure."

Charles and Camilla spent some time in Classiebawn Castle, the imposing residence on the Atlantic shore where Lord Mountbatten spent his summers for more than 30 years.

The royal couple travelled into the village from the castle past Mullaghmore Head and stopped briefly where a small unmarked, green cross was planted at the roadside a year ago overlooking the scene of the explosion.

The Rev Noel Regan, Church of Ireland rector of Clogher who was from the Sligo village and knew the Mountbattens, also greeted the couple, and the Knatchbulls.

"I'm just glad I lived to see the day," the cleric said.

Others who met the royal couple included Kevin Henry, the garda on security detail for the Mountbattens on the morning of the bombing and coroner Desmond Moran.

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