A delegation from Saint-Viaud in France came to meet with members of Galway Co Council and members of Claregalway Twinning Committee with a view to having a twinning arrangement between Saint-Viaud and Claregalway.
The delegation from Saint-Viaud met with Cllr Frank Kearney, Chairman of Athenry-Oranmore Municipal District and Eimear Dolan, Senior Executive Officer (Acting Co Secretary), at GalwayCounty Council offices and encouraged the delegation in their endeavours.
The delegation travelled to Claregalway and met local councillors Malachy Noone and Jim Cuddy as well as Claregalway Hub facilitators Josette Farrell and Clare Horgan.
The delegation visited Claregalway Medieval Castle hosted by Eamonn O’Donoghue and attended Sunday Mass in Claregalway where they were given a warm welcome.
The French delegation joined with the Claregalway twinning committee where a public meeting took place at the Claregalway Hub. All present have positioned themselves to launch a twinning committee with France and the first meeting took place at the weekend.
It is hoped that a delegation from Claregalway will travel to Saint-Viaud on the occasion of the Irish party organised by the French twinning committee on March 30, 2019. It will be hosted by French families and the goal of Saint-Viaud and Claregalway is to sign the twinning chapter as part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture festivities.