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Saturday 20 September 2014

French connection: twin towns celebrate special anniversary

Published 12/08/2014 | 05:32

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A PACKED programme of events is being put together to celebrate 20 years of twinning between Skerries and Canton de Guichen this coming weekend.

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Skerries and Canton de Guichen were twinned on August 14, 1994, and in the 20 years since, a variety of exchanges have taken place between the towns.

No year has passed without a visit from one to the other and many long-lasting friendships have been made.

A spokesperson for the Skerries Twinning Committee said: 'We're keen to have new people involved and would like to encourage them to come along to something during the weekend.

'Having French is not at all necessary - we've never found language to be a barrier - so people shouldn't allow their language skills to be a concern.'

A photographic exhibition at Skerries Mills, starting on Friday evening (August 15), will run throughout the weekend from photographers chronicling both towns - the exhibition is called 'Through Each Other's Eyes'.

A coffee morning presentation and discussion on twinning with representatives from other twinning groups in the Fingal area is taking place on Saturday morning in Keane's Bus Bar, while a set-dancing workshop on Saturday in the Community Centre will entertain the visitors.

A special celebration Mass will take place at 11am on Sunday in St Patrick's Church and there will be an unveiling of commemorative plaque and recommitment of twinning.

The ceremony will be filled with Breton music, taking place at 12.30pm on Sunday at Allée de Guichen, Red Island.

There will be a very French boules challenge on Sunday afternoon down by the Lifeguard Station and the farewell evening takes place in Joe May's on Monday evening with some local musicians.

For details go to www.facebook.com /SkerriesTownTwinning Association

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