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Royal rumble of regal visits.

Byline: JENNY McQUAILE

PRINCE Charles will be hoping this trip is less eventful than his last stay when a bomb alert caused a security scare.

Dublin Castle had to be evacuated during the visit two years ago but it did not interupt his busy schedule.

The Prince met Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Government Buildings on the two-day trip in February 2002, which was his second official visit to the country.

He also had lunch with President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain.

And at a ceremony at the British Ambassador's residence Prince Charles performed an investiture ceremony where Daniel O'Donnell received an honorary MBE.

There were some protests and at one stage 40 republicans demonstrated at a drugs treatment centre on Merchant's Quay, Dublin, which was being inspected by the Prince.

He also went to see a Californian redwood tree planted by Queen Victoria in August 1861.

In 1995, Charles paid his first visit to Ireland and met with the then Taoiseach, John Bruton.

It was hailed at the time as a significant development in Anglo-Irish relations.

While he received a generally warm welcome on the streets of Dublin, the visit was also marked by nationalist protests.

His accomodation for this stay, Lismore Castle, is situated in a spectacular position overlooking the Blackwater Valley and Knockmealdown Mountains.

It is on the outskirts of the Lismore town and has extensive private grounds, which are often rented out when the Duke is not at home.

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LUNCH: McAleese; AWARD: O'Donnell
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