Thursday 14 December 2017

Allen wants to renew link to twin town Oban

CLLR Lorcan Allen made another attempt at last week's Gorey Town Council meeting to revive the town's twinning programme with Oban in Scotland, before Gorey Town Council is disbanded in May.

'Are we going to make any contact with Oban before this Council is disbanded?' he asked.

'We have to look at what monies are available,' replied the cathaoirleach Michael D'Arcy Snr.

'The last time I was in Oban, they had taken down the sign saying they are twinned with Gorey,' said Cllr Robert Ireton.

Cllr Allen explained that he was on the Council with Cllr Deirdre Bolger as Chairperson, when the twinning was initiated. He added that Gorey Rugby Club and Gorey Pipe Band had visited.

'Leave it for the moment,' said Cllr D'Arcy. Cllr Ireton said that Cllr Allen could write to the Council in Oban to re-establish the connection, while Cllr Malcolm Byrne suggested that the new Municipal Council look at twinning with the Argyle and Bute Council, which is the district for Oban.

Town Clerk Amanda Byrne suggested they look at what returns can be gained from the twinning before entering into it.

Cllr Ireton wondered why Gorey twinned with Oban, saying Courtown would be a better match, as it would have more in common.

Cllr Allen said the decision was made on cost grounds, as it's cheaper to get to Scotland than somewhere like France. 'It's one of the nicest places in Scotland,' he said.

Cllr Byrne said they should write to Gorey Rugby Club, Gorey Pipe Band and Gorey Youth Links to see what links have been built up.

Gorey Guardian

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