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Prince Charles tries hurling on Ireland visit, but recoils from 'fiendish looking drink'

By Nicola Anderson

Prince Charles showed his sporting prowess when he belted a sliotar across the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess Of Cornwall became the first British royals to visit the Marble City since 1904.

Legendary Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin - the only 'King' Kilkenny recognises these days - were impressed with the Prince's valiant effort.

Afterwards, Charles expressed relief that he had not disgraced himself by "missing the goal and hitting a member of the press corps between the eyes".

Among those giving Charles and Camilla a warm welcome were Nina Kavanagh (15), Ruth Grace (16) and Lauren Caldbeck (15), all of whom had taken the day off school especially.

"It's OK though," said Ruth. "Our parents know. It's all above board."

Camilla was wearing a sage green suit in light tweed made from a bolt of Magee fabric she was presented with in Donegal last year.

The Prince wore a light grey suit in his very own Prince of Wales check with a pink handkerchief emerging with a flourish from his top pocket.

The couple took their time with the crowds, shaking hands and chatting - mostly about the glorious weather.

Then they enjoyed a spot of shopping at the farmers' market outside the castle.

Camilla bought chocolate truffles and a pottery jug with a €20 note proffered by a lady-in-waiting.

Were the chocolates a little gift for Charles, perhaps? "No, they're for me," the Duchess said rather firmly.

The Prince was offered a herbal shot but sniffing cautiously, recoiled.

"The most fiendish-looking drink I've ever seen in my life," he described it later in his speech.

Charles and Camilla checked out the award-winning animation work being done at Cartoon Saloon before splitting up.

Camilla spent the afternoon at the Irish National Stud while Charles dropped in on the United Nations Training School Ireland in the Curragh where personnel prepare for peace missions.

Charles described the relationship between Ireland and the UK as being "very special".

"I have every intention of making it even more so if I can.

"Coming to Ireland gives us the opportunity to show the enormous strength and warmth of our relationship and build on reconciliation."


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