May: Visit to Ireland by Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall
The first joint visit to Ireland by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in May 2015 celebrated the depth and warmth of Irish-British relations.
The visit followed on those by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in 2011 and by President Michael D. Higgins to the United Kingdom in 2014.
Focusing on themes of peace and reconciliation, the programme for the visit programme included engagements at the National University of Ireland Galway, the Marine Institute, Slieve Carran farmland in the Burren region, Galway’s Druid Theatre, the Model / Niland Gallery and Institute of Technology, Sligo, as well as at Lissadell House and Sligo Racecourse.
A service for peace and reconciliation at St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, and a visit to Mullaghmore village in Co. Sligo also formed part of the visit programme.
The visit generated high levels of media interest which added to the international profile of the west of Ireland, in particular the Wild Atlantic Way and celebrations of Irish cultural heritage, notably the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats.