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What did Dingle ever do to Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara and Dingle have been sister cities for 17 years. In January, the Californian side set about dissolving these links and hit out and its counterpart. Tadhg Evans takes a closer look as Dingle responds with vigour

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Santa Barbara /Dingle Sister City Committee President Brian de Staic with James ‘Bud’ Bottoms, sculptor of the iconic dolphin monument at Dingle marina

Santa Barbara /Dingle Sister City Committee President Brian de Staic with James ‘Bud’ Bottoms, sculptor of the iconic dolphin monument at Dingle marina

Dingle and Santa Barbara united during a Dingle delegation to California in 2016.

Dingle and Santa Barbara united during a Dingle delegation to California in 2016.

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Santa Barbara /Dingle Sister City Committee President Brian de Staic with James ‘Bud’ Bottoms, sculptor of the iconic dolphin monument at Dingle marina

Things tend to drag in January; Christmas has gone, it's not quite spring, and the world is recharging while it has the chance.

But there was plenty zip to a January 29 meeting of the Santa Barbara Sister Cities Board, where a vote taken by one of its sub-committees earlier that month was written into the record.

This set in motion the severing of a special 17-year relationship between the Californian city and a small Kerry town; within three months, Santa Barbara's ties with Dingle would unravel, officially at least.