After spending time at Tribeton’s Galway 2020 event and Tig Coili, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a quick change of the outfit and headed towards a local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club to learn more about traditional sports which are popular across Ireland, including hurling and Gaelic football.
The GAA has over 2,200 clubs in all 32 counties of Ireland. Every summer, the inter-county All-Ireland Championships in hurling and football capture the attention of the Irish public, and around 1.5 million people attend the GAA Championships from May to September.
During the visit, as expected the sporty side of William and Catherine was out as they joined children and young people from the club’s teams on the pitch.
William and Catherine were the first members of the British Royal Family to visit the GAA. They gamely took part in Gaelic football training drills and hurling shoot out with young members of the Salthill and Knocknacarra club. It was boys versus girls.
Goal! After a few false starts, they both William and Kate managed to connect with the sliota and eventually score – to the delight of the crowds 🥅 #RoyalVisitIreland pic.twitter.com/g9RHWeUdIB
— Emily Nash (@emynash) March 5, 2020
After some missed attempts both were able to score. Duchess narrowly missed the greenhouse window in one of her unsuccessful attempts while William laughed hard at his wife’s attempt. From Hello!’s report, Speaking after the visit, Club secretary Conor McGauran said,
“Symbolically it’s a massive deal for us. The royals have never set foot in a GAA Club before. They’re doing it in our club in Galway and in Salthill and Knocknacarra today. It’s hugely emotional for us.
It’s history being made. Plain and simple. People have been in Croke Park before but they’ve never been in a GAA club before and I think it’s a massive indication from the royal family about their hopes and intentions to connect even further with the community of Ireland, not just parts of Ireland or the hierarchy. This is more than just symbolic, this is them playing our national sport, this is them getting involved in a community-based organisation that’s completely run by volunteerism, so to me it’s a huge message of support for Irish-British relations.
People had told the team they are slightly competitive, I would say the slightly should be removed! I would say they’re very competitive as a couple – in a nice way! Every partnership should be built on competition as well, right? They had a lot of questions and they kept asking the children, which was the best way to go about it. They asked the children, ‘how difficult is this? How should I go about it?’ And particularly on the shots, I could hear them asking for advice. It’s wonderful to hear adults asking children for advice.”
A video of the visit.
For the last event of the three days royal visit, the Duchess of Cambridge chose her comfortable style while giving another sartorial node to the hosts.
She wore Really Wild Clothing Cashmere Mix Cable Cres Coral Sweater. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the id.
The £225 Merino and cashmere mix sweater is described as, “Our classic cable knit sweater in coral. The crew neck design and ribbed stitch on the cuffs, make the jumper fitted without clinging. The cable knit weave has been repeated on the front and reverse. This jumper has been knitted in a cashmere and merino blend, so it’s soft to touch and gentle against the skin.”
The Duchess of Cambridge paired the sweater with her Zara Premium High Waist Revolve Back Jeans.
She was wearing her New Balance Vazee Transform Running Shoes.
Her Daniella Draper mini cupid shamrock hoops that she also wore yesterday
and a new matching Daniella Draper Gold Baby Shamrock Necklace finished the look.
With this, we came to the end of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first official visit to Ireland. I personally love the vibes of this tour – it was more intimate and less diplomatic. There were many cute moments between the couple showing their chemistry.
Royal fashion was on a dot with lots of sartorial nodes. William softly but firmly touched many crucial political and historical issues faced by both countries. The visit showed us the charm of Royalty and the warm welcome couple received during the visit is proof of how far both countries have come. Hope to see Duke and Duchess coming back to the country once again.
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Palace shared this collage of letters William and Catherine received during the visit.