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Meghan and Harry to visit Dublin in July

Hurling and history are top of the agenda when newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Dublin next month.

The royal couple's itinerary is being finalised but there will be meet-and-greet opportunities with the public.

It is understood their two-day visit from July 10-11 will include a number of elements similar to the tour undertaken by the Queen in 2011.

The focus will be on culture, sport, education and history.

Sources say plans are well advanced for a visit to Croke Park - where it's likely that the Prince will try his hand at hurling.

The Queen's presence in the stadium was viewed as an landmark moment during her visit. She was particularly interested in the shape of the stick, asking at one point: "Is it like what they use in shinty?"

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also visit Trinity College to learn about Anglo-Irish relations through the centuries.

There is a possibility that they will travel to St James' Gate for a pint of Guinness.

Ms Markle has previously been trained in pulling the perfect pint, having visited Ireland's top visitors attraction in 2013.

Although it is not an official visit, they will pay a "courtesy call" to Aras an Uachtarain where they will be welcomed by President Michael D Higgins.

The itinerary is being put together by British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett, who is expected to host a garden party in their honour at Glencairn House.

Kensington Palace said the couple "are looking forward to learning more about Ireland's history and experiencing its rich culture, as well as meeting the people who are shaping the country's future".

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney described the visit as "great news".

"The Duchess of Sussex has been to Dublin before so it's a chance for her to show her new husband around," he said.

"Britain is our nearest neighbour and closest friend and Ireland will be very welcoming of Harry and Meghan as we were to Queen Elizabeth on her state visit as well as Prince Charles and Camilla just last week."

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