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African visitors arrive from Bray's 'twin town' Mwanza

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MAYOR Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi from Mwanza in Tanzania paid a flying visit to Bray and Wicklow last week, now that Mwanza is twinned with Bray. Oictured: Fr Emmanuel with visitors Mayor Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi.

MAYOR Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi from Mwanza in Tanzania paid a flying visit to Bray and Wicklow last week, now that Mwanza is twinned with Bray. Oictured: Fr Emmanuel with visitors Mayor Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi.

MAYOR Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi from Mwanza in Tanzania paid a flying visit to Bray and Wicklow last week, now that Mwanza is twinned with Bray. Oictured: Fr Emmanuel with visitors Mayor Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi.

MAYOR Leonard Bihonda and Joseph Mlinzi from Mwanza in Tanzania paid a flying visit to Bray and Wicklow last week, now that Mwanza is twinned with Bray.

After helpng to switch on the Christmas lights in Bray, Mayor Bihonda went to East Coast FM for his next stop, where the delegation showed a particular interest as they hope to set up a community radio station in Mwanza, Tanzania's biggest town, next year.

Moira Byrne interviewed them on the Sunday Chat show after which they were welcomed by Fr. George to 10.30 mass in the Holy Redeemer. Both were delighted with the welcome they received, people shook their hands and were delighted to meet them.

Loreto Covent in Bray was the next stop as the Loreto order has just recently opened a school in Mwanza, and Sr. Rosemary and Sr. Valerie gave them a fabulous welcome.

They then travelled to the Queen of Peace as they heard that a Tanzanian priest, Fr. Emmanuel, has just arrived in the parish and, to their amazement and joy, they realised they knew each other well! The tour ended with a meeting in the Glenview Hotel with the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Derek Mitchell, Mayor of Greystones George Jones, Cllr John Ryan who arranged the visit, and Mr Tom Murphy Director of Services with Wicklow County Council.