The full itinerary for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official visit to Ireland has been announced.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Dublin, Galway, Meath and Kildare and sample several aspects of Irish culture during their stay.
On Tuesday 3 March the couple will be in Dublin. They will visit the Aras an Uachtarain, The Garden of Remembrance, Government Buildings and the Guinness Store House.
On Wednesday 4 March, the royals will move around the country. They will begin in Dublin Temple Bar and also visit Howth, Co. Dublin, Prosperous Co. Kildare and Grange Co. Meath.
The Duke and Duchess are expected to visit the megalithic sites in Meath and the national stud gardens in Kildare.
On Thursday 5 March, they will head west to visit Galway – the European Capital of Culture for 2020.
They will visit the city centre as well as spending time at a local GAA club.
A statement from Kensington Palace highlighted the importance of William and Kate’s visit. It is hoped to strengthen relations between Ireland and the UK.
The statement said: “The couple’s programme will take in Ireland’s rich culture, it’s impactful community and spectacular scenery.
“Following Her Majesty the Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.
“The UK’s links with Ireland are extensive, and the duke and duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.
“During the three-day tour, the duke and duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills.
“Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.
“2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland, a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport.
“During their time in Galway, the duke and duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.”
It is also hoped that the royal’s stay in Ireland will help to showcase the country’s array of attractions to holiday makers.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This week’s visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Ireland to a huge audience of prospective holidaymakers across Britain and has the potential to deliver a boost to Irish tourism.
“A large media contingent has travelled here to cover the visit, bringing the story to millions of people in Britain, and elsewhere around the world, and providing a truly unique opportunity to highlight Ireland as a wonderful holiday destination.”
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling