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Royal Visit

Prince William shows off juggling skills as he celebrates Galway's year as European Capital of Culture

Galway will see over 1,900 events across more than 150 projects during 2020.

LAST UPDATE | Mar 5th 2020, 3:46 PM

the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-visit-ireland-day-3 Brian Lawless The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge juggling during a special event at the Tribeton restaurant in Galway Brian Lawless

THE DUKE OF Cambridge showed off his juggling skills this afternoon as he celebrated Galway’s year as the European Capital of Culture along with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge.

The duke and duchess were in good spirits despite their arrival in Galway being delayed by over an hour due to foggy conditions in Dublin which delayed their helicopter flight.

Galway will see over 1,900 events across more than 150 projects during 2020 with local and international artists taking part in the year-long culture festival.

The royal couple are coming to the end of a three-day tour of Ireland, and visited the city’s Tribeton, a bar and eatery, to learn about acts like Galway Community Circus and the basketball project Hoops which will be featured during the year.

William put on his display after the couple watched two performers from the circus, juggler Tony Mahon, 31, from Dublin, and Isabela Mello, 26, from Brazil – now based in Galway, who were “handstanding” for the couple.

The duke, who said he had done “a bit of juggling”, took three balls, and chatting to the reporters and cameras, joked: “I’ll try this in front of a load of you and flashing cameras, ha, here goes.”

He kept the balls in the air for around 15 seconds, before deciding to “up the stakes” with a fourth ball – at which point he managed around two juggles before they came tumbling down.

“Ha. I think I’ll just stick with three,” he said.

Mahon, who has been juggling for 14 years, said he was “very impressed” with William’s skills, he added: “He really exceeded my expectations. Even trying four balls – that’s next level stuff.

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