King Henry says Prince Charles is 'very good at hurling, for a first go'

Kilkenny greats Shefflin and Cody pass on some tips to the visiting prince
Kilkenny greats Shefflin and Cody pass on some tips to the visiting prince

Hurling great Henry Shefflin has praised Prince Charles after the royal tried his hand at hurling during a visit to Kilkenny

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall kicked off day two of their third trip to the Republic in as many years, as thousands of well wishers lined the streets outside Kilkenny Castle.

Once inside the walls Charles tried his hand at hurling, with one of the game's greatest ever players on hand to advise.

King Henry demonstrated the art of the sport before passing over the hurley for the prince to score a goal.

"He kept it low into the bottom of the net," the 10-time All-Ireland winner said.

"His first question was how hard can you hit it, like anyone they want to see how hard you can hit it.

"But for the first go it was very very good.

"Maybe if he was back here a few years ago Brian [Cody] would have signed him up at some stage.

"It's a great occasion. It's just a sign of the times."

Kilkenny boss Cody was also on hand for the royal visit.

On the burning question of the prince meeting the king, Shefflin added: "I think someone might have briefed him on something but I think he got a little bit confused between myself and Brian, he wasn't quite sure which one of us had retired."

The visit is part of a four-day trip to Ireland.

On Wednesday the royal couple met Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife after visiting a police memorial in Belfast.

On Tuesday they travelled to the HomePlace visitor centre dedicated to the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.