Eyes of the world on Sligo

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THE eyes of the world were focused on Sligo yesterday (Wednesday) as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made a historic first visit to the county.

The Prince of Wales meets an excited crowd at Mullaghmore in Sligo on the second day his visit to the west of Ireland.  Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015
The Prince of Wales meets an excited crowd at Mullaghmore in Sligo on the second day his visit to the west of Ireland.
Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015

For Prince Charles the day was full of poignant memory, recalling the death in 1979 of his godfather and mentor Lord Louis Mountbatten in an IRA bombing at Mullaghmore.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall pause at Mullaghmore Pier in Sligo on the second day their visit to the west of Ireland.  Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall pause at Mullaghmore Pier in Sligo on the second day their visit to the west of Ireland.
Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015

It was fitting then that one of the survivors of that bombing, Timothy Knatchbull, would be there to greet Prince Charles in the shadow of Ben Bulben and escort him to the steps of Classiebawn Castle, the home where Lord Mountbatten spent his summers, and from which he left in August 1979 never to return.
The hectic day of activities started for Prince Charles and the Duchess when their helicopter touched down in the grounds of IT Sligo on Wednesday morning.
From there he was whisked away in a heavily guarded cavalcade to the Model, Drumcliffe, Lissadell, Mullaghmore and the Sligo Races.

The Prince of Wales meets an excited crowd at Mullaghmore in Sligo on the second day his visit to the west of Ireland.  Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015
The Prince of Wales meets an excited crowd at Mullaghmore in Sligo on the second day his visit to the west of Ireland.
Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015

For a full round-up and photographs of the day’s events, pick up a copy of this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper – In shops now.

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