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    The Prince of Wales visits Skibbereen

    The Prince of Wales visits Skibbereen

    Regan Hutchins talked to Skibbereen local historian, Gerald O’Brien, about a young royal visitor to the town, in April 1858, who almost never left.  Background: In April 1858, the young Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, was sent on a short trip to Ireland by his mother, Queen Victoria. It was a chance to get away from the tight strictures of Court life and offered the heir to the throne a small taste of freedom – which he relished. The tour began in Cork city and ended in Killarney where the Royal yacht, The Osborne, was to take him back to ...

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