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Prince Charles to pay homage to uncle Lord Mountbatten on Irish visit

By Brian Hutton

The Prince of Wales will make an emotional trip to Mullaghmore in the west of Ireland where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA, officials have confirmed.

The stop-off will be a poignant moment in a four-day trip later this month, the first official joint visit by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Lord Mountbatten was killed on August 27, 1979, when a remote-control IRA bomb blew apart his pleasure boat at Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, where his family often enjoyed holidays.

The 79-year-old - who was also the Queen's cousin - had a close relationship with Charles.

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the pilgrimage was made possible by extensive preparatory work involving the British Embassy, Clarence House and Irish authorities, and would strengthen relations between the two countries.

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

"I look forward to joining the visit programme in Sligo, where this theme of peace and reconciliation will be highlighted in particular."

On May 21, Charles and Camilla will arrive in Northern Ireland for a reception and concert at Hillsborough Castle.

The following day they will take in stately home Mount Stewart, run by the National Trust. They will also visit the Corrymeela, peace and reconciliation centre.

During their visit to the Republic, they will join President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina for a private dinner.

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