State visit to Ireland – day 3

On 22-24 May, The King and Queen visited Ireland at the invitation of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins. The state visit focused on digitalisation, sustainability, healthcare, culture and cooperation within the EU and the UN.

The three-day visit took place in Dublin, Athlone, Galway and Burren. The Swedish Government was represented by Minister Margot Wallström, Minister Anders Ygeman and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad.

Seminar on how digital infrastructure shapes society and industry

The third and final day of the state visit began at Ericsson in the town of Athlone. Here, The King and Queen, Minister Anders Ygeman and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad attended a seminar on digital infrastructure.

During their visit to Ericsson, The King and Queen, the minister and the state secretary learnt about challenges within digitalisation.

During their visit to Ericsson, The King and Queen, the minister and the state secretary learnt about challenges within digitalisation. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the seminar, representatives from the countries' governments, businesses and academia, together with other experts, had the chance to meet and discuss joint challenges involved in the expansion of digital infrastructure within industry and within society in general. There were also opportunities to build networks for ongoing cooperation, as well as opportunities for commerce and investment.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ericsson Software Campus is one of Ericsson's leading research and development centres, with more than 1,000 employees. The centre collaborates with Athlone Institute of Technology, and is involved in the Infuse programme which aims to encourage children to take an interest in technology.

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The Marine Institute in Galway

In Galway, The King and Queen and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad visited the Marine Institute. The role of the Marine Institute is to coordinate and promote Ireland's marine research and economic development, and to protect the marine environment.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The visit included an exhibition on sustainable fishing in which complex fishing data can be converted into simple maps to support sustainable management.

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View from the Marine Institute in Galway across a North Atlantic bay.

View from the Marine Institute in Galway across a North Atlantic bay. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Visit to a farm in Burren

In the unique limestone landscape of Burren, which is reminiscent of the Swedish island of Öland, The King and Queen and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad visited a farm in the village of Ballybornagh.

The King and Queen visited an organic farm in the village of Ballybornagh.

The King and Queen visited an organic farm in the village of Ballybornagh. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

To protect the wealth of biodiversity, including plants from Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean areas, the farm's owners are involved in the Burren Programme, which aims to promote sustainable farming and to preserve the landscape and cultural heritage.

The King and Queen speak with farmer Vincent Keane, Programme Manager of the Burren Programme Dr Brendan Dunford and Sector Manager for Beef and Livestock with Bord Bia Joe Burke.

The King and Queen speak with farmer Vincent Keane, Programme Manager of the Burren Programme Dr Brendan Dunford and Sector Manager for Beef and Livestock with Bord Bia Joe Burke. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Burren Smokehouse

The state visit to Ireland concluded with a visit to Burren Smoke House. There, Bord Bia – which promotes Irish food production – demonstrated a variety of local produce.

The King and Queen arrive at Burren Smokehouse.

The King and Queen arrive at Burren Smokehouse. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The products, which included salmon, goat's cheese, seaweed and algae, are part of the Burren Food Trail, the Irish Government's initiative to support rural development and local entrepreneurship within the region.

Example of products from Burren Smokehouse.

Example of products from Burren Smokehouse. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Burren Smokehouse is an example of how entrepreneurs have contributed towards the development of Western Ireland by supplying high quality products based on Irish wild salmon. The owner and co-founder of Burren Smokehouse is Swedish-Irish Birgitta Hedin-Curtin.

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Birgitta Hedin-Curtin talks about Burren Smokehouse.

Birgitta Hedin-Curtin talks about Burren Smokehouse. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The state visit concluded with a departure ceremony at Shannon Airport.

The King and Queen during the departure ceremony.

The King and Queen during the departure ceremony. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Irish guards took part in the ceremony at the airport.

Irish guards took part in the ceremony at the airport. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

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