State bodies spent more than €45,000 on royal visit to Kerry

His Royal Highness Charles Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, visiting Muckross House, Killarney, on Friday, where they visited Quills House, on Muckross Traditional Farms. Queen Victoria staryed at Muckross House in 1861.Photo:Valerie. O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***

State bodies spent more than €45,000 on the one-day visit to Kerry by British royals last June.

Last week, Radio Kerry revealed that Kerry County Council spent almost €11,000.

The Office of Public Works and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have now released the costs they spent on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla’s visit to Kerry.

The OPW’s cost came to more than €14,600 euro while the department spent over 19 and a half thousand euro.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall began their day in Kerry on June 15th last with a visit to Derrynane House which is run by the OPW.

The OPW spent €14,630.99 on the royal visit – the biggest expense was on audio visual services which came to €7,199.44.

Equipment hire cost €1,960.31, while stewards cost €1,594.08. The remaining expenses were for planters (€817.20), an ecological screening assessment (€738), coach hire (€975), civil defence (€250), music (€280), printing and stationery (€816.96).

The royal couple also visited Killarney House and Killarney National Park, which are run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The department says it spent €19,534.89. The biggest expense was for the hire and erection of marquees and floored pagodas at €4,794.24 while food cost €4,420.

Other costs included signs for €3,747.77, plant hire at €1,493.94 and printing at  €1,242.30. Table hire cost €830.25, music cost €500, a videographer €800, sound system €713.40, photography €500, a book binder at €350 and  security €142.99.

Charles and Camilla also visited Muckross House in Killarney National Park. The trustees of the house wouldn’t give a figure but stated that most of the costs related to ongoing repairs.

Radio Kerry has submitted a freedom of information request to An Garda Síochána regarding the cost of security for the royal visit.