City centre security measures announced for Royal visit to Cork

City centre security measures announced for Royal visit to Cork
A graphic showing the road closures for Thursday's visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

City Hall has announced a range of security measures including road closures throughout the city centre for the royal visit on Thursday of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

A formal Lord Mayor’s Reception is to take place at City Hall, and the itinerary also includes a visit to the English Market and an evening dinner in the City to mark the depth and breadth of the relationship between both countries.

To facilitate the visit a range of measures will be in place for security purposes.

Parking

Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12pm on tomorrow (Wednesday) until 2pm on Thursday.

  • Patrick Street from Academy Street to Daunt Square
  • The Grand Parade
  • South Mall
  • Oliver Plunkett Street from Princes Street to the Grand Parade
  • Lapp’s Quay
  • Kyrl’s Street
  • Anglesea Street 

Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12noon until 11.30pm on Thursday

  • Half Moon Street
  • Academy Street
  • Emmet Place 
  • Drawbridge Street

Vehicular Traffic Closures 

Closure from 7.15am to 2pm:

  • Grand Parade
  • Tuckey Street
  • Oliver Plunkett Street
  • Lapps Quay
  • South Mall ( Grand Parade to Parliament Street)

Closure from 9.30am to 2 pm:

  • Anglesea Street
  • Union Quay (between the junction of Copley Street and Parnell Bridge)
  • Parliament Bridge
  • The remainder of South Mall and streets off both sides of the Mall. 
  • Vehicles will only be allowed northbound on Parnell Bridge during this period.

Closure from 9.30am to 11.30am:

  • Patricks Street and adjoining side streets
  • Half Moon Street
  • Emmet Place 
  • Drawbridge Street
  • Washington Street from South Main Street to Daunt Square

Pedestrian Restrictions

From 7.15am to 1.30pm there will be pedestrian restrictions on:

  • Grand Parade
  • Tuckey Street
  • Oliver Plunkett Street (from Market Alley to the Grand Parade)

From 9.30am to 11.30am:

  • Daunt Square
  • Washington Street (from South Main Street to the Grand Parade)

From 10.30am to 1.30pm:

  • Anglesea Street
  • Parnell Bridge West Side 
  • Union Quay
Queen Elizabeth II meeting fishmonger Pat O'Connell at The English Market on her State visit to Ireland in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II meeting fishmonger Pat O'Connell at The English Market on her State visit to Ireland in 2011.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will begin the two-day visit to Ireland in Cork where they will be greeted with a civic reception at City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald. 

The couple will jointly visit the English Market which was previously visited by Queen Elizabeth in 2011. 

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney will accompany the royals in Cork and join them for a dinner to celebrate connections between the UK and Ireland.

On Thursday, The Prince of Wales will visit UCC where he will meet students and faculty and view cultural and historic treasures from the University's collection. 

The Prince will later visit the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy and go on board an Irish Navy Service vessel to showcase the close maritime links between the two nations and to celebrate the strategic defence relationship. 

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit a local refuge, which serves women and children who have suffered domestic violence, a cause she has worked to highlight in the UK and overseas. The Duchess will also visit the Irish National Guide Dogs Training Centre on the Model Farm Road.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, 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’”.

“The international profile of our city skyrocketed following that visit with footfall at the English Market increasing by up to 30% and interest in hotel rooms in the city and county increasing by up to 70%. Most recent tourism figures show that a third of Cork’s overseas visitors now hail from the UK while Cork remains the second most popular holiday destination in the country for UK tourists behind Dublin. This week’s visit is another remarkable opportunity to showcase internationally all that our special city has to offer in terms of its food, arts and culture, heritage and FDI opportunities”.

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