Locals welcome royals to Donegal town

The brief visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Donegal town today has come to an end.

The royal couple are currently back at Letterkenny IT this lunchtime before visiting Glenveagh National Park and Gardens this afternoon.

Earlier, crowds of people as well as school children poured into the Diamond in Donegal town to welcome Prince Charles and Camilla.

Harry Keaney reports from Donegal:

Their first port of call was Donegal Castle where they were met by Sean McLoone, manager and head guide at the castle.

They were also greeted by Irish dancers at Donegal Castle – the prince saying it was a pleasure to be in Ireland again.

After a tour of the castle, they walked to the Diamond in Donegal Town, where they were greeted by local businessman Noel Cunningham and local residents.

Then they visited McGettigan Butchers Shop before going on to Magee of Donegal Tweed workshop and factory, where they were given a tour of the weaving and design business.

The Prince Charles and Camilla then left for Letterkenny Institute of Technology, for a civic reception hosted by the cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan.

Local hotelier Noel Cunningham told Ocean FM’s Pauric Byrne that it was a delightful afternoon with a carnival atmosphere that will greatly benefit the whole town and county: