Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will be in Ireland for two days
Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have kicked off their Irish visit with a trip to Cork's famous English Market.
The British Royals will be here for two days.
The Tánaiste Simon Coveney met with the pair as they arrived at the cork market this morning.
Their itinerary includes dinner with Minister Coveney this evening as well as a reception with the Lord Mayor of Cork at City Hall.
They will also visit the Naval Service headquarters at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour.
Prince Charles is expected to board the LÉ William Butler Yeats at the harbour.
They will then spend tomorrow in County Kerry, where they will visit the Ring of Kerry and the Lakes of Killarney.
Just to let you know @ClarenceHouse that everyone here has been charmed by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall; they’re making great time for all @EnglishMarket #purecork #RoyalVisitCork #royalvisitireland pic.twitter.com/t6w5d0qFdO— Cork City Council (@corkcitycouncil) June 14, 2018
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed told 96FM that the visit provides a great opportunity to showcase Cork.
"What better platform to promote Irish food and the Irish marine industry than the English Market," he said.
"It is a fantastic day to showcase the best that Cork has got to offer and you know it is great for tourism."
These people were among the crowds waiting for the British Royal couple in Cork city centre this morning:
Hundreds of Gardaí and military personnel are involved in a major security operation for the duration of the visit.
The British Government called for the visit to be arranged amid simmering tensions over Brexit and the future of the Irish border.