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Ireland'It's wonderful to be back' - Prince Charles greeted by President Michael D Higgins in Wicklow

22:25  20 may  2019
22:25  20 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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'It's wonderful to be back' - Prince Charles greeted by President Michael D Higgins in Wicklow © Gerry Mooney A celebration of peace took place to mark the return visit of the British royal couple, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall.

On their fifth annual consecutive visit to this country, the royal couple were today in the Glencree centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Wicklow.

They sat in on a series of workshops discussing women’s leadership, Legacy and Young Peacebuilders.

The couple were met by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina who welcomed them to Ireland.

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“It’s wonderful to be back,” the Prince of Wales told the President, while his wife Camilla told Mr Higgins: “How nice to see you again.”

Mrs Higgins told Camilla that she was looking “very well.”

Amongst guests at the event were Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson, together with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

The British Ambassador Robin Barnett was also present.

'It's wonderful to be back' - Prince Charles greeted by President Michael D Higgins in Wicklow © Gerry Mooney

A granite plaque engraved with a poem written by founding member of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Una O’Higgins O’Malley in 2002.

Speaking at the event, Barbara Walshe, chairperson of Glencree said the symbolism of today’s event reminds us of “how deeply entwined our countries are physically, socially, economically, culturally and historically.”

“While much of this history has been acknowledged as difficult and has given rise to conflict we have found that an answer lies in the restoration of relationships through dialogue,” she said.

Naoimh McNamee CEO of Glencree said the presence of the Prince of Wales with President Higgins speaks to the progress that can be made when people learn to speak to each other in a spirit of generosity.

Students from St Colmcille’s community school in Wicklow, St Louis secondary school in Dundalk and New-Bridge Integrated college in Banbridge, Co Down were in attendance, sharing their reflections and the future relations across these islands.

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