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Sunday 11 December 2016

Plants, poets, punters and poignant memories on cards for Charles' visit

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PRINCE Charles and his wife, Camilla, will pay a visit to Mullaghmore, the site of the IRA murder of the Prince's great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, during the trip to Ireland later this month it has been confirmed.

They will also mark the occasion with a visit to Galway, the Burren and Yeats' grave. The itinerary for the four-day trip will also see them enjoy an evening at Sligo races.

Dublin has not been included in the brief visit.

Buckingham Palace officials said they will begin the trip in Galway on May 19, where they will attend a reception at NUI, Galway. The event will celebrate Irish crafts, dancing and music, as well as Galway's and the university's links to the UK.

Environment

The Prince of Wales will then highlight environment and conservation projects with visits to the Marine Institute in Galway and the Burren in Co Clare.

The programme describes the Burren as "famous for its wild and rocky terrain, rare plant life, biodiversity and archaeology".

The Duchess of Cornwall will also undertake a series of solo engagements, thought to include a visit to St Nicholas' National School in the Claddagh.

The couple will then jointly attend a private dinner with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

The following day the royal couple will travel to Sligo where they will be welcomed at a civic reception. They will then attend a service of Peace and Reconciliation at St Columba's Church, in Drumcliffe before visiting the grave of WB Yeats to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

They will also visit nearby Mullaghmore, the scene of the 1979 murder of Charles' great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. Here they will meet with members of the local community.

Races

Later in the day, they will attend the Sligo Races, which will draw the visit here to a close.

On May 21, the royal couple will travel on to Northern Ireland to complete their trip.

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