By Katherine Condon
Hundreds of Galwegians turned out to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their historic visit to Galway today.
The crowd which was almost entirely female didn’t appear to mind the wait to meet William and Kate. Some secured prime viewing positions on Shop, High and Mainguard streets as early as 9am and had to wait till 12.30pm before they met the royal visitors.
Following a visit to Tribeton to meet the Galway 2020 organisers and a taste of Irish pub culture in Tig Coili, the couple did a ten minute walk-about at the end of Shop Street where locals got an opportunity to meet and greet the couple.
The Galway Pulse spoke to two shop assistants from Holland’s shop who had sent a birthday card to Prince George; they were delighted to receive a thank you letter from Kensington Palace and were hoping to meet the royal couple today in person.
A woman and three girls in the first floor windows of Anthony Ryan’s department store had four pairs of eyes fixed on the front entrance to Tig Coili’s pub – where the couple would soon emerge.
There was a roaring cheer when William and Catherine arrived out, and as quick as you like everyone’s phones were raised in the air to capture that special moment in time; for it’s not every day you get to meet a royal couple on your home turf.