The Fresh Prince of Bellharbour – Prince Charles visits the Burren

As the Burren begins to return to normal following yesterday’s historic visit of Prince Charles – some of stories and lighter moments of the Royal visit to Carron and Lough Cultra Castle have started to emerge.
As predicted in The Clare People, Prince Charles did indeed get to meet Michael ‘The Prince’ Davoren during a visit to Patrick Nagle’s farm in Carron. The farm visit, which was jointly hosted by the BurrenBeo Trust and the BurrenLife Farming for Conservation Group, was the high point of the first day of the royal visit.

'I like rocks' - The Prince tries his hand at dry stone wall building in the company of the Burren Conservation Volunteers
‘I like rocks’ – The Prince tries his hand at dry stone wall building in the company of the Burren Conservation Volunteers
Prince Charles was given a tour of the farm by Patrick and his son Oliver – while local experts such as Brendan Dunford, Brigid Barry, Sharon Parr and Michael Davoren.
While there the prince also met with local schoolchildren who had recently graduated as ‘Burren experts’ through BurrenBeo’s Ecobeo programme, before joining some BurrenBeo Conservation Volunteers’ in repairing some stone farm walls.
“It was a great honour to show Prince Charles around our farm. We told him about the work that my son Oliver and I have done over the past five years of Burren Life – new walls built and gates hung, scrub taken out, water sources protected, silage replaced – and about how the improved grazing that has resulted from this work has helped us to earn better environmental payments,” said Patrick Nagle.
“This is a very proud day for us, for the generations of farmers who have worked the land of the Burren in the past, and for the youngsters that we hope will farm it in the years ahead.”
Brigid Barry from the BurrenBeo Trust said that Prince Charles was ‘fascinated’ to learn about the Burren.
“We believe the future of the Burren is in building pride and awareness in the region, which we do through our 20 week Ecobeo schools programme from which over 1,000 local children have graduated, as well as monthly walks and talks and annual festivals such as ‘Burren in Bloom’ and the ‘Winterage Weekend,” she said.
“There is now a great sense of pride and respect for this extraordinary landscape, which Prince Charles was fascinated to learn about.”
All smiles as Gerry Adams shakes hands with Prince Charles in NUI, Galway yesterday.
All smiles as Gerry Adams shakes hands with Prince Charles in NUI, Galway yesterday.

After the Carron visit, Prince Charles made his way to Lough Cultra castle on the Clare/Galway border where he was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for a state dinner with President Michael D Higgins.
This differ feature some of the best local produce – sourced from all over the Burren, Clare and Galway.
Paul Madden, Chair of Clare Tourism, said yesterday’s visit could have a major impact of tourism in Clare.
“I am delighted that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall chose Shannon Airport as their arrival point into Ireland as this will send out a clear message that Clare and the West of Ireland are easily accessible,” he said. His visit to the Burren is recognition of the region’s international profile and the work that has taken place over many years to establish the area as a sustainable tourism destination, something that Prince Charles is a long time supporter of.
“This visit is as much about promoting a positive message to the lucrative British tourist market as it is about providing an international platform to promote Shannon Airport, the Burren and all that Clare has to offer. Clare tourism has a lot to be proud in terms of its development in recent years.
Brigid Barry of the BurrenBeo Trust help the Price over a rock in Carron yesterday
Brigid Barry of the BurrenBeo Trust help the Price over a rock in Carron yesterday

“The emergence of the Burren, Lough Derg and Loop Head Peninsula as leading international sustainable tourism destinations highlights the local sector’s ability to adapt to changing international trends, while at the same time continue to embrace and promote our wonderful environment and the contribution that local communities have to make.”
Martin Waldron of the Burren Ecotourism Network, said the visit will stimulate more tourists from the UK coming to Clare.
“This is a good week for the Burren and County Clare as Prince Charles’ visit will certainly help to raise the national and international profile of the region. Prince Charles was pushing the sustainable tourism model two to three decades ago and it is fantastic that he is recognising the Burren’s work to promote sustainable tourism,” he said.
“With direct flights into Shannon Airport currently being offered from three London airports, Birmingham and Manchester, the county has never been so well placed to attract British visitors, one of our most important markets,” he concluded.
Prince Charles chats to President Michael D Higgins as Sabina entertains the Duchess ahead of dinner at Lough Cultra Castle last night.
Prince Charles chats to President Michael D Higgins as Sabina entertains the Duchess ahead of dinner at Lough Cultra Castle last night.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to comment on the handshake between Gerry Adams and Prince Charles.There can only be normal relations between England and Northern Ireland if England gets out of Northern Ireland.England is occupying Northern Ireland and the people of Northern Ireland never liked that and always fought against it.
    The people of Northern Ireland got the support of the majority of people in the world in their fight for independence from England and to be united with the Republic of Ireland.If England is serious in having good relations with Northern Ireland then they will leave that part of Ireland.Its time for England to do the right thing and leave Northern Ireland.

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