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Cork on a Royaller

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 4:26pm

Cork is set to roll out the red carpet today as excitement builds for the visit of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

Corkonians will be on their best behaviour for the Royal couple, who will stop in Cork for a tour of region's most celebrated locations on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Northern Ireland yesterday and Tuesday and are due in Cork today followed by Kerry tomorrow.

Education, defence, food and culture are all on the agenda, beginning with a civic reception with Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald in City Hall today.

The couple will be following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth as they visit the English Market today. The Queen famously visited the tourist attraction in 2011 when Pat O'Connell and herself shared a laugh.

Prince Charles will also be stopping by UCC and the National Maritime College and Naval Service Base while Camilla will visit a local domestic violence refuge.

Finally, the Duchess will drop by the Irish National Guide Dogs Training Centre for some puppy love.

The couple are set to sit down to dinner at a city centre location before continuing their Irish jaunt in Kerry on Friday.
Those travelling in and around the city are advised that parking and traffic will be restricted through some part of the day between 7.15am and 2pm. St Patrick’s Street, Grand Parade, Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street, Lapp’s Quay and South Mall will all have restrictions, and full details can be found on garda.ie.
Speaking about the visit, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “The people of Cork, and indeed the people of Ireland, have very fond memories of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Cork in 2011, when it was clear to all that the Queen thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city, describing it in a letter afterwards to the Lord Mayor’s office as ‘colourful and lively’.
“The international profile of our city skyrocketed following that visit, with footfall at the English Market increasing by up to 30 per cent and interest in hotel rooms in the city and county increasing by up to 70 per cent. This week’s visit is another remarkable opportunity to showcase internationally all that our special city has to offer in terms of its food, arts and culture, heritage and FDI opportunities.”

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