Prince Charles and Camilla ended their four-day trip to Ireland with a visit to Co. Kerry.
British royal couple Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have ended a four-day trip to Ireland visiting the home of “The Liberator” Daniel O’Connell.
On Friday morning, they traveled to Derrynane Strand where Camilla removed her shoes to walk through the sand as they learned about local school children's efforts to prevent plastic pollution on the beach.
Jumping into a helicopter, they then moved on to Derrynane House, the former home of Daniel O’Connell, an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century who campaigned for Catholic emancipation, including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament in London.
"Remarkable," Prince Charles replied when asked how he had enjoyed his trip.
"At last, I got a chance to see Kerry."
"Our countries have travelled a troubled road together, but with reconciliation and understanding as our guide, we have found a very important new path to share prosperity and security and together we are determined we must never lose our way again," the prince told guests at a dinner at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork on Thursday attended by Irish Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney.
Earlier that day, the couple had visited the English Market in Cork and met with the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland leaders of Sinn Féin; Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald.
This evening @MaryLouMcDonald and I met with Prince Charles in Co. Cork. We welcomed him to Ireland & talked about how to build on our work of reconciliation between unionism and nationalism & relationships between Britain & Ireland. pic.twitter.com/zimN9CAy1f— michelle oneill (@moneillsf) June 14, 2018
Prince Charles’ trip began in Northern Ireland on Tuesday where he visited Coleraine and north Belfast before traveling to the Garden of Remembrance in Omagh, County Tyrone, on Wednesday.
"Today is the kind of day we have been waiting for for a long, long time,” John Sheahan Mayor of Kerry County Council of the visit.
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Cork. pic.twitter.com/DOs9U8KFmG— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 14, 2018
"It's an absolutely massive lift to the county. I think we'll see a lot of English people coming here now because of the exposure and the reception they have received.
"There has been no stone unturned to do the very best. When this is televised in England it will do only good things - it'll be very helpful for Ireland.
"It is the first time I have met royalty so I am embracing that moment."