21 May 2011

Queen's visit to Ireland ends

2:23 pm on 21 May 2011

The Queen has ended her tour of Ireland with a visit to a market in Cork, where thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets.

She also visited one of the Republic's most popular tourist sites, the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, before leaving from Cork Airport.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh boarded a plane at Cork Airport where they were seen off by the Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny.

Earlier, she met the public in the crowds for the first time following her tour of the English Market.

The BBC reports they included hundreds of loudly cheering schoolchildren. All schools in Cork city were closed in honour of the visit.

The English Market was given its name in the 1840s to distinguish it from another market which was used by the city's Irish Catholic inhabitants.

The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, but most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Queen and Prince Philip were shown around the complex, listened to some harp playing and singing from schoolchildren, and signed the visitors' book.

Her final destination was the Tyndale Institute where she met students and professors.