Clean Coast Ballynamona and Feast East Cork Food and Drink Festival among Guests Invited to Greet Dutch Royal Couple

By Seamus Whelehan

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Clean Coast Ballynamona and Feast East Cork Food and Drink Festival are set to meet the Dutch Royal couple, King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima, when they visit Ireland next month.

The Royal couple will touch down for a two day State visit from 12 -14 June, which includes a trip to Camden Fort Meagher, with speculation rife that they will also pay a visit to Midleton.

Last week Garda outriders and a series of BMWs were spotted carrying out a test run to the Jameson Heritage Centre, and a similar cavalcade was also spotted in Clonakilty, West Cork.

The King and Queen‘s visit comes with a backdrop of Brexit, and the signing of a new Irish-Dutch double taxation Treaty, while in Ireland.

The stopover is also designed to showcase Ireland’s very active volunteer community, our artisan foods and beautiful countryside.

Twenty five people including Kevin Ahern from SAGE Restaurant Midleton, Ballynamona Clean Coast, Feast East Cork, Rescue Camden, Sarsfields Camogie Club, Men’s Shed Carrigaline, and the Carrigaline Tidy Towns are joining the Royals at Camden Fort Meagher.

Mr. Aherne said the visit offered “a great opportunity to showcase Cork” as a good food destination for international tourists.

He said the visit presented new opportunities for producers, communities and restaurateurs to put not just East Cork on the map, but the entire county.

Proinsias O’Tuama from Ballynamona Clean Coast said he was delighted to be asked to speak about “the big Irish volunteer spirit and dynamic countryside.”

Clean Coasts Ballynamona group were formed in 2015 to actively care for the marine environment in Ballycotton and Shanagarry.

Almost 250 people and local businesses, including the local Garda Station, committed to change and support the campaign.

Mr. O’Tuama said to solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a global deal for nature.

“We need to save the planet by addressing the big issue affecting oceans, climate, biodiversity and sustainability as one.”

“Ireland has some of the most amazing marine natural resources, which control every element of our lives. We need to help these, to help us.”

“The challenge”, he said “is to engage at all levels with appropriate scale, impact and ensure that these are just and proportional. "

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