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Thursday 23 October 2014

Coney Island to be twinned with... Coney Island, New York!

Published 23/10/2012 | 15:16

SLIGO'S Coney Island is to be 'twinned' with its name sake in New York harbour.

It's all part of a weekend festival being planned for 'The Gathering' next year.

U.S. visitors from New York are being invited to Sligo in 2013 for the festival, which will be centred around 'The Coney Island Run.' The inagural Coney Island run took place on Saturday last. The organisers are now planning to expand the event, with a U.S. flavour.

Neil Walton said: "We are going to contact all the running clubs in New York, and Brooklyn in particular, where Coney Island is situated.

"There are hundreds of running clubs in New York and we hope to use the 'Coney Island connection' to attract their members to Sligo."

'The Gathering' is a Fáilte Ireland promoted event aimed at attracting visitors in 2013.

"We hope of have a music festival and other events together with the Coney Island run over a weekend."

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