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.



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