Peoria, over the past 16 years has been a true friend to Clonmel – Mayor Martin Lonergan

by admin on 28/10/2014

The Mayor of Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Cllr. Martin Lonergan has acknowledged the great work of the Friends of Clonmel in Peoria, Illinois since its inception in retaining and promoting an active partnership with the people of Clonmel, and the people of Peoria who continue to work with the Peoria Sister City Commission to promote and expand the relationship and who continue to educate the general public of the Peoria-area about the cultural, educational and historical heritage of Clonmel.

Speaking at a sold out fundraising event in Peoria for the upcoming visit of Banna Cluain Meala to the region next year for the 4th July celebrations at which the Mayor of Peoria City, Mr Jim Ardis and the Mayor of West Peoria, Mr Jim Dillon were present, Mayor Lonergan said I as Mayor, would hope that this relationship can be extended further still and I will not be found wanting in this regard.

I pledged to continue the civil and ceremonial traditions of the former Town Borough. I am therefore privileged to be representing not only Clonmel Town but indeed the newly formed Borough District here this evening, and I look forwarded to the ongoing strengthening of our friendship for the benefit of both Clonmel and Peoria.

It is therefore a great honour that such a vibrant city in the United States, Peoria would all those years ago, select Clonmel as a twinning town and that since then the twinning has grown into something of true value to both locations. I believe the potential for economic benefit from Clonmel’s close relationship with our sister city is one that can be developed moving forward.

During the last number of years the number of visitors crossing the Atlantic in both directions has grown. The South Tipperary Arts Centre exchanged artistic works with their Peorian counterparts some years ago, while choirs from Bradley University have visited Clonmel. And indeed Clonmel has sent a delegation to Peoria’s much loved Erinfest, a festival that was a true celebration of the Irish input into life in Peoria over many generations. Peoria’s major economic sectors are manufacturing, information technologies and agriculture. This remains similar to Clonmel where agriculture and manufacturing; the pharmaceuticals industry led by Merck, Sharp and Dohme from the United States; and health technologies led by another American corporation, Boston Scientific and Abbott Vascular remain among the leaders of our economic growth locally.

Peoria, over the past 16 years has been a true friend to Clonmel. But I believe the potential for the relationship between our two areas can be vast into the future. I am particularly delighted to be at this important fundraising event for the trip of Banna Cluain Meala. As you know Banna Cluain Meala is one of Ireland’s most honoured bands. They hold concert band championship titles on national and international levels. As a marching band they have had unparalleled success nationally, being crowned IMBA Irish champions in the highest division on eleven occasions. They have also had success abroad and truly are a great, dedicated group of young people.”

Concluding his remarks Mayor Lonergan said, “Banna Cluain Meala and the Colour Guard are in their own right, great ambassadors for Clonmel Town, but not just Clonmel, they truly are great ambassadors for County Tipperary and indeed Ireland. I know their visit to Peoria will be enjoyable and hugely successful and I want to take the opportunity to thank you for been pivotal in that.

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1 Walter Ryan-Purcell October 5, 2018 at 1:59 am

Oh what lovely people you are twinned with! I have just spent the last two days with them in Kerry and West Cork, ahead of their visit to you this weekend, and oh my god what lovely people! Have a great twinning 2018 weekend! all the best, walter

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