French trip strengthens ties with Sligo's twin

Michael Moran

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:40

The Sligo group pictured outside Crozon La Marie, the town hall, on their recent visit to the French town of Crozon.

THEY are 34-year-old 'twins.' Sligo and Crozon celebrated the link in the coastal Breton town.

THEY are 34-year-old 'twins.' Sligo and Crozon celebrated the link in the coastal Breton town.

The Town Twinning between the two is among the longest running and most successful in the country.

It was established in 1979.

A large group from Sligo travelled to France for a week.

It included the Mayor of Sligo, Councillor Marcella McGarry, traditional Irish musicians, Cos Cos dancers and cyclists.

The Splashing Penguins swimming group also made the trip.

For Special Olympics gold medalist, Joseph Cullen, it was a memorable occasion.

His sister Collette and her husband Leonardo travelled from Buenos Aires to Sligo to make the journey to Crozon.

They were joined by other members of the family.

President of Sligo Town Twinning Committee, Dymphna Gorman said: "The entire week was as outstanding success.

"We are delighted the link between Sligo and Crozon has stood the test of time.

"I believe it has done so because we work hard to do something new every year."

While the majority of Sligo visitors were adults, two Sligo secondary school students attended college during their stay.

Megan McGowan, Ballintogher, and Eania McGarry, a niece of the Mayor, said they found this a wonderful experience.

During the visit, a Civic Reception was held in Crozon Town Hall.

Mayor McGarry spoke of the strong and lasting bond built between the people of both towns.

A celebration dinner followed.

An interesting feature was an exchange of dances between the Cos Cos dancers, led by Brenda O'Callaghan, and local Breton dancers.

Music was provided by Jimmy Noctor, Phillip Doddy and Austin McManus, with local musicians.

One of the highlights of the trip was a boat excursion across the Brest Peninsula.

It included a day long visit to the Naval Museum in Brest, where a Second World War German submarine and naval displays are on view.

There were also visits to the historic town of Locronan and Quimper in South Brittany.

The Sligo group issued a formal invitation to their Crozon friends to attend the Fleadh Cheoil here next year.

Dymphna Gorman said: "Hopefully, we will see plenty of French visitors on our streets in 2014."

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