An Opportunity for Making New Friends – Winter 2002

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“With the forthcoming twinning of Athenry and Quimperle next Easter there will be exciting opportunities for friendship and cultural exchanges” says Gerry Burke.

Athenry will host the first stage of the town twinning ceremony during Easter 2003. Quimperle, population 11,500, is situated on the south coast of Brittany and is a picturesque medieval town with a rich religious and civil history. It is built on the confluence of two rivers, the Elle and lsole that join to form the Laita at Quimperle. Visitors can stroll along its cobbled streets and climb the stone steps, which join the upper and lower parts of the town.

The town has three post-primary schools, seven primary schools and a cigarette paper manufacturing factory, which employs 1,000 people.

A very successful exploratory visit to Quimperle took place in June by a group of eight from Athenry who were officially welcomed by the Mayor Daniel Le Bras. The week‘s stay saw the group visit the surrounding towns of Port Aven, Concarneau and Lorient.

Next Easter Athenry will play host to a large delegation from Quimperle and the Town Twinning Committee is busy preparing plans for what will be an exciting and historic week of celebration and activities.

The Members of the Twinning Committee are: Chairperson Gerry Burke, Secretary Ann Monaghan, Treasurer Gerry Ahern, and PRO Conor O’Grady. Committee members are Finbarr O’Regan, Prof. Eitenne Rynne, Linda Meyler, Mary Murray, Tommy Moran, Paul Mitchell, Ruth Dobbyn O’Dea, Anne Keary, Bridie Fahy, Chris Flannery, Peter Feeney, Tracey Kelly, Margaret Hannon, Muriel Nolan, Ann Zonenblick and Bernadette O’Shea.

Gerry Burke is a post-primary teacher, former Chairman and current member of Athenry Community Council.

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Written by Gerry Burke

Published here 27 Jul 2023 and originally published Winter 2002

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