A ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kinsale in Cork has taken place. The President, Mary McAleese, Britain's Prince Andrew and the Spanish Ambassador Enrique Pastor de Gana all took part in the event.

The commemoration marked the first visit to Ireland by the Duke of York. President McAleese said that it was a source of pride that she could greet him in an era of healthier relationships and partnership.

On this date 400 years ago, the Spanish Armada arrived in Kinsale and began a hundred-day siege of the town. With their allies, O'Neill from Tír Eoghain and O'Donnell from Tír Chonnaill, they engaged the English in the Battle of Kinsale.

The battle resulted in heavy losses for the Irish, while the Spanish returned home. A new drama documentary re-creating the Battle of Kinsale will be screened on RTÉ 1 television on Monday night.