Mallow celebrates twenty years of Twinning

Cllr. Noel O Connor ,chairman of the Mallow Twinning Committee tells us that prepararions are at an advanced stage for the visit to Mallow of over forty visitors from Treguier, in Brittany this week-end to celebrate the twenty wonderful years of interchanges betweeen both towns under their twinning arrangement. The visitors will stay with the families of the Twinning Committee.
“Earlier this year,in May” ,Cllr. O connor continued, “the former Mayor Cllr. Richard Dempsey led a group from Mallow to Treguier to commemorate the formal signing of the Twinning Agreement some twenty years ago. It was fitting that one of the original members Tadgh Curtis, and his family, were a members of this delegation along with Pat McNally and his wife Catherine who has been co ordinator of excahanges down through the years. Great bonds have been formed over the years between our two towns and this was recognised by our President Mary Robinson who gave a personal letter congratulating both towns on all the various exchanges, cultural, sporting ,musical and social and expressing her belief that these kinds of exchanges benefit both communities enormously. This letter, now framed, has a special place in the Town Hall in Treguier”
“The Mayor of Treguier will arrive in Mallow on Saturday next with a delegation of over forty” continues Cllr. O connor.” Included in this group wil be some ten children ,many of whom will not have been to Mallow before. This is wonderful as it will seek to enable the firendships already developed to continue to be developed, on into the next generation. The Group will attend noon Mass in the Church of the Ressurection, in Mallow and would be delighted to meet the people of Mallow in the old traditional Irish way outside the Church after the Mass.”
On Wednesday The Mayor of Mallow Cllr. Willie O Regan and his fellow Councillors will award a Civic Reception to the Treguier delegation in Mallow Town Hall. After this Mallow GAA welcomes the visitors to their fabulous Complex in Carrigoon where the visitors will experience a hurling exhibition match followed by some light refreshments and a traditional music session.
On Thursday ,coutessy of Irish Rail, the visitors will travel to Kerry for the day. Later that evening ,Packie Bolster will host a reception and will treat the visitors to a musical evening with some local Mallow talent. Friday is reserved for shopping in Mallow. Courtessy of Gerry Mullane and COPE Foundation in Mallow the group will visit their Centre in Quartertown in the afternoon on Friday, where they will meet the service users there and will be treated to lunch. And then, later that evening ,it will be time to say the good byes, and ‘aux revoir’s ‘, at a farewell party in Nicholas Corkery’s Lounge in Dromahane.
Cllr. O Connor and the Twinning Committee would like to ask the people of Mallow to welcome our visitors from Treguier as the stroll around our lovely town Mallow.

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