The garden party at the the British ambassador’s residence last night, held in honour of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's arrival in Dublin had quite a few famous faces present. 

As well as the expected politicians; such as Tánaiste Simon Coveney, former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former president Mary Robinson, the calibre of Irish invitees on the sun-drenched lawn of the Glencairn residence in Sandyford was quite impressive. Even by Royal standards.

From accomplished actors to decorated sports stars, scroll down to see the full list of the lucky few present....
Caitriona Balfe, actor (Outlander and Irish Tatler cover star)
Orla Kiely, designer
Vicky Phelan, CervicalCheck campaigner
Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Aisling Bea, comedian
Moe Dunford, actor (Vikings)
Barry Keoghan, actor (Dunkirk, etc)
Lucy Kennedy, TV presenter
Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls
Alex Murphy, actor
Sinead Burke, activist 
Nora Twomey, director (The Breadwinner)
Emma Manley, Irish designer
Jack Hickey, actor
Stephen James-Smith, poet
Sahira Ali, performer/poet
Selina Cartmell, artistic director, The Gate
Annelise Murphy, Olympic sailor
William Porterfield, Irish cricket 
Ruby Walsh, jockey
Joy Neville, Irish female rugby referee
Katie McCabe, captain, Irish women’s rugby team
Leo Cullen, Leinster rugby coach
Gary Ringrose, Leinster and Ireland rugby player
Noelle Linehan, paraolympian
Seán Rainbird, director of the National Gallery 

 

On addressing the guests at the garden party, Prince Harry began with a few words in Irish, addressing the Tánaiste Simon Coveney, the British ambassador Robin Barnett and “a Dhaoine Uaisle,” following up quickly with: “Did I get that right?” 

He did. Guests cheered in response. 

“There are more rugby people than we originally thought,” the Duke joked in reply at the raucous cheer.

 

He thanked everyone for the “warm welcome we’ve received since being in this beautiful country” and he the Tánaiste for showing his father Prince Charles around Cork on his visit last month. 

“And it was also very nice to know that we he didn’t bore you senseless,” he added of his father.

Prince Harry, sharing the podium with the Duchess – who was wearing a black knee-length cocktail dress by Emilia Wickstead – said his father and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, had spoken warmly with him of the visits they enjoyed here in Ireland.

 

“Standing here with you on this beautiful evening, it is easy to see why Ireland has such a special place in the hearts of my family and indeed, all those who come here,” he said.

He and his wife were “so pleased” to make Ireland their “first international visit together as a married couple” and hoped that it would be “the first of many,” he said.

He finished his remarks by toasting the President and the people of Ireland.

 

Check back in later, when we'll report on Day 2 of The Duke and Duchess' Dublin visit. 

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