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Twinning back on track

Newry’s twinning with Co Clare will be “re-energised”, the city’s mayor has confirmed. Charlie Casey was speaking after a recent Clare Twinning Community meeting during which it was decided to bring back the partnership into sharp focus. “It is now an appropriate time to breathe new life into the Newry and Mourne/ County Clare twinning arrangement , which is in its 24th year, he said. “This requires a commitment and a focus from council officers in both areas to provide leadership support and advice. IN a climate of constrained resources it is important the key areas of tourism, cross border cooperation, cultural diversity, commerce and economic development are prioritized as strategic outcomes. Despite the perception that the link has been relatively dormant for some years, there is clear evidence to the contrary. Many from both these areas with common interests such as sport, music, art and recreation have forged relationships and special links and it is imperative that Newry and Mourne Council continues to encourage and practically support all such endeavours.” The Mayor highlighted the staging of St Patrick’s Celebration Concert which will see the world famous Tulla Ceili Band from Clare and the International Currach Racing Festival in August as ideal opportunities for a very visual display of the twinning partnership. He also said that he was hopeful funding would be obtained for a Twinning Partnership Visit for sports clubs. Councillor Casey also thanked current Maiden of the Mourne Orla Walsh from County Clare for her continued support in promoting the area.


Newry Democrat

6th December 2011