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Pictures: Harry and Meghan receive warm welcome on second day of Dublin visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received a warm welcome as they carry out a second day of engagements in Dublin.

The newly-weds started their busy itinerary with a visit to the official residence of President Michael D Higgins.

Harry and Meghan arrived at Aras an Uachtarain in the city's Phoenix Park at 9.30am.

As the royals posed for photos with Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina inside the Aras, Harry was asked by a reporter if football was coming home.

"Most definitely," the duke replied, laughing.

Meghan was wearing a taupe green dress by designer Roland Mouret.

The president and his wife were accompanied by their Bernese Mountain dogs Brod and Sioda as they said goodbye to the royals outside their residence.

Meghan stroked the pets at the front door before she and Harry shook hands with their hosts and headed off for their second engagement of the day at Croke Park, headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

The couple were taken on a tour of the stadium's museum before going on to the pitch for a sports demonstration.

They met a number of talented Gaelic sports players including Co Donegal footballer Michael Murphy and Co Galway hurler Joe Canning.

Dozens of children played Gaelic football and hurling while Harry and Meghan watched on.

Harry and Meghan then arrived at Trinity College in Dublin to learn about Ireland's culture and heritage.

The couple were shown the Book of Kells, one of Ireland's greatest cultural treasures.

The Duchess of Sussex promised to revisit Ireland's oldest library after she was told of plans to include the first female bust in its iconic Long Room.

Helen Shenton, the institution's first female librarian, showed the newlyweds around the historic Long Room of the Old Library built between 1712 and 1732, which houses more than 200,000 books.

Lining the walls of the library are 37 busts of literary greats such as Shakespeare, Aristotle and Cicero, as well as men of Trinity College.

Ms Shenton told Meghan that as the first woman in the role, she plans to install the first female bust in the room.

Meghan replied: "I'll come back and look out for the first female bust."

The Duke and Duchess then paid a visit to the Famine Memorial in Dublin.

The couple spent some 15 minutes walking around the statues.

The creator behind the statues, Rowan Gillespie, explained the history of the Famine and the memorial which was presented to the city in 1997.

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