The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to pay yet another formal visit to Ireland starting May 10th. This is their third visit in less than two years. the royals are to stop in Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny. A major policing operation is underway to prepare for the royals arrival that will include police checkpoints and road closures.
On a recent visit to Ireland, The Prince toured Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979. Clarence House, the official residence of the couple has not commented on the visit, which has been planned for months.
During this trip, they will meet with several senior government figures including Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The royal couple is scheduled to visit Glasnevin Cemetery. They are also expected to view the Cross of the Sacrifice, which is said to have signified the start of World War I.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has notified politicians in Dublin recently of these road closures, which include near the cemetery between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Not everyone is pleased with this plan to close off streets for the royals during morning rush hour. One such local politician is Fianna Fáil councillor, Paul McAuliffe. He told the Irish Independent:
“While I, of course, support the visit by the couple to Glasnevin Cemetery itself, the timing of the closures will cause great inconvenience for people trying to get to work or bring their children to school.
“It will also affect some bus routes. I see no reason why the ceremony itself could not be moved to a later time.”
Further details of this upcoming trip have yet to be released by Clarence House. Royal Central will update its readers as soon as we receive new information.