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  • Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin their first official trip to Ireland later, with a visit to Galway city centre being planned on Thursday.

    While the city centre will remain open for business, no vehicles will be allowed access to William St, Shop St, Abbeygate St, High St and Mainguard St from 4am to about 1pm on Thursday.

    Gardai say rolling road closures will be in effect over the next three days, as William and Kate visit several counties and meet President Michael D Higgins.

    Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Aras an Uachtarain, The Garden of Remembrance, Government Buildings and the Guinness Store House.

    Tomorrow the couple visits community organisations in Temple Bar and Howth in Dublin, Prosperous in Kildare, and Grange in Meath.

    On Thursday the trip ends with a visit to Galway and a local GAA club.


  • Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit two bars and a GAA club in Galway on the final day of their visit to Ireland.

    William and Kate are starting their day in Tribeton, a bar filled with the work of local craftsmen.

    Following that they will visit Tig Chóili, a pub famous for its twice daily trad sessions.

    Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club will be the final stop of the trip, where local players will be demonstrating their skills.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard say there was disappointment a few weeks ago when the opening ceremony of the European Capital Culture had to be cancelled due to a storm.

    Mayor Cubbard says today's event puts the city on the world map with over 240 international journalists covering the visit.