The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a trip across the Irish Sea to Dublin from the 10th-11th July and Kensington Palace have announced further details on the upcoming trip. Highlights include a visit to Croke Park and a Garden Party at the British Ambassador’s residence.
The trip to Ireland, which is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, will see The Duke and Duchess of Sussex learn more about Ireland’s culture and heritage. This will see the Royal duo take in Trinity College where they will see the Book of Kells – one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures.
The cultural visits do not stop at Trinity College for Harry and Meghan as the duo will also pay their respects at the Famine Memorial and visit the Irish Immigration Museum, which tells the story of 10 million Irish people who have emigrated across the world.
Another significant moment on The Duke and Duchess’s mini-tour of Dublin will be their visit to Croke Park for a Gaelic sports festival.
Croke Park is perhaps most known for its involvement in the Bloody Sunday troubles of 21st November 1920. During a Gaelic Football match in the afternoon of 21st November, members of the Black and Tans – officially the Royal Irish Constabulary – opened fire on the crowd killing eleven civilians and wounding at least sixty. The Black and Tans were supported by the British Auxiliary Division although their actions were deemed unauthorised and were greeted with public horror.
Her Majesty The Queen paid a visit to Croke Park on her historic visit to Ireland back in 2011.
On a lighter note, Harry and Meghan will also enjoy a Garden Party at the British Ambassador’s residence where they will meet a whole host of people from across Ireland’s arts, sports, military and social enterprise sectors.
Across the two day visit, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have official meetings with the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins and with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.