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05th Mar 2020

William and Kate gave hurling and Gaelic football a go today and more training is required

James Fenton

William and Kate have packed their bags and left Irish soil after their three-day visit here wrapped up with a bit of GAA training this afternoon in Galway.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or William and Kate to their pals, stopped off at Salthill Knockncarra GAA Club in Galway today to pick up some pointers on how to solo a football and how to hit a sliotar.

With a number of club members watching on, Kate picked up a hurl in and had a good blast at it in fairness but don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting her to take up camogie full time…

As well as that, she also had a go at the larger ball as her husband William took his turn with the hurl and you can see how they got on below…

Not bad for first-timers but we’ll have to see them put through their paces during a few training sessions in the depths of an Irish winter before we make a judgement.

They certainly did a lot more than their brother and sister-in-law when they watched Joe Canning hit a few balls at Croke Park a couple of years ago.

As well as their on-field work-out, the couple also stopped into Tig Coili in the city centre to sample a bit of trad and to meet some volunteers…

With stops in Dublin, Kildare and Meath before all this, it brings to an end a busy few days for William and Kate and they’ll no doubt be looking forward to getting their heads down tonight before tuning into The Sunday Game on the RTE Player in a few days time.