When they were given a tour of a market and meeting local traders, Margot Ann Murphy said to the heir to the throne "you are so good looking". REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Prince Charles pictured with Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Cork's Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald as he arrived for his visit to the English Market in Cork City.
There was a party atmosphere in Cork as the royal visitors were greeted by a local band - the product of a nationwide music education programme initially part-funded by the rock stars U2 - playing pop hits for hundreds of schoolchildren gathered outside the market and crowds lining crash barriers.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in Cork later today for a round of engagements, which include a visit to the city's English Market, a reception by the Lord Mayor of Cork at City Hall, and a visit to the Naval Service headquarters at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour.
He said: "Royal visits enforce the normalisation of a confident and independent Ireland today with its closest neighbour, and the fact that we've moved on from the hang-ups of the past".
THE Prince of Wales has said the good relations that Ireland and the United Kingdom have enjoyed in recent years will survive as the two nations resolve "shared challenges". Today he's seeing the best part of Ireland and I think he'll get a very warm reception here.
The visit to the Republic comes after the Prince spent two days in Northern Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday, where he visited north Belfast, Coleraine and Omagh.
The heir to the throne and his wife reflected in silence at a memorial garden dedicated to 29 people and two unborn babies killed by the Real IRA Omagh vehicle bomb blast in August 1998.
The pair also met relatives of some of those who died and visited the site of the atrocity.