As part of their visit to Ireland, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall toured the United Nations Training School Ireland at the Curragh Camp.
The facility provides training to peacekeepers before they are deployed overseas and has led to successful intervention during the bloody conflict in locations around the world such as Lebanon.
The visit was part of several the Prince and Duchess are undertaking on their four-day royal visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic.
During a dinner at the home of President Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles gave a speech in which he encouraged a spirit of reconciliation.
The Prince’s speech:
“What I have discovered during my many visits on both sides of the border is what lies at the core of reconciliation… which is the process of enabling communities that have been divided and have injured each other to reach out across the divide to build a strong and sustainable relationship based upon a sense of the common good.
“By the very nature of that process, no such relationship is possible if any one community sits in isolation from the rest. But it is also only possible if each community is first of all confident of its own heritage and of its own identity.
“Only then, with compassion and humility, can it seek to define itself alongside those who have another identity, recognising that the other is equally valid.
“I would suggest that, in recent years, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have achieved this in such a dramatic way that our joint efforts have become a beacon for the rest of the world – an example of how to build a peace and create an enduring and mutually productive relationship between close neighbours.
“I have no doubt, despite current challenges, that our relationship will continue to endure and prosper, and it will do so in no small way because of the natural generosity of spirit that exists here and the integrity of the culture of Ireland which you, Mr President, amongst many others, have so ably nurtured and protected.”
Charles finished by emphasising his commitment to continuing regular visits to Ireland saying, “I hope and pray that…I might have the chance to visit as many of the counties as possible in this great country.”