Cork rolls out the red carpet and a royal welcome

Cork rolls out the red carpet and a royal welcome

Geraldine Hartnell dispensing water from a tanker provided by Cork County Council, for her neighbours Justine Cromhaught, Josephine O’Driscoll and Charleen Bekker in Ballyhooly, near Fermoy. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

DERELICT buildings have been covered with banners, new flowers have been planted and city streets hosed down to look their best, all in anticipation of the arrival of the Prince of Wales tomorrow morning.

The royal couple has a packed itinerary that includes visits to the English Market, UCC, the NMCI and the naval base.

Banners were being installed to cover derelict buildings in the area, while barriers were being put up to remove parking in a number of areas.

The Lord Mayor of Cork has welcomed the visit, which comes seven years after a visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the city.

Signage on Grand Parade. Pic; Larry Cummins
Signage on Grand Parade. Pic; Larry Cummins

Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said, "The people of Cork, and indeed the people of Ireland, have very fond memories of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Cork in 2011 when it was clear to all that the Queen thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city, describing it in a letter afterwards to the Lord Mayor’s office as ‘colourful and lively."

A Lord Mayor's reception will take place at City Hall, with the itinerary also including a special dinner in the city centre tomorrow evening.

Pat O'Sullivan of Cork City Council, Parks and Recreation Dept. watering a floral display on South Mall. Pic; Larry Cummins
Pat O'Sullivan of Cork City Council, Parks and Recreation Dept. watering a floral display on South Mall. Pic; Larry Cummins

A full security detail will be in place over the course of the visit, with traffic, parking and pedestrian restrictions in place from today.

Cork City Council Traffic Dept painting kerbing on traffic island outside City Hall. Pic; Larry Cummins
Cork City Council Traffic Dept painting kerbing on traffic island outside City Hall. Pic; Larry Cummins

A number of areas, including Grand Parade, South Mall and Anglesea Street have already had parking removed, while from 7.15am to 2pm tomorrow, a series of city streets will be subject to pedestrian and parking restrictions. These include Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, South Mall and Patrick Street.

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