Civic Reception marks visit of twinning partners and Roscommon Associations

A civic reception was recently held at Roscommon Civic Offices to mark the visit of representatives from Roscommon Associations from around the country as well as Twinning and Sister City Partners from Downey in California and Chartrettes in France.

  The reception was hosted by Roscommon County Council and CEO, Eugene Cummins welcomed those who had travelled to the event.

  Mr. Cummins highlighted the importance of the Centenary Programme and in particular the diaspora element of the event.

  He said: “The Global and Diaspora strand is a very important element of our Roscommon Ireland 2016 programme. Our International Reunions/Town Twinnings and Sister Cities Partners play an important role in promoting not only our rich historical and heritage connections but also the important social, economic and cultural connections that bind our communities.”

  The County Librarian, Richie Farrell, welcomed members of the various Roscommon Associations before offering a special welcome to visitors from California and France.

  Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, detailed the aim of the Centenary Programme in Roscommon: “Our ambition for the Roscommon Ireland 2016 programme was to draw inspiration from the ideals of 1916, the seven programme strands, the Proclamation, and the events of that time.

  “We wanted to develop and create a range of events ensuring widespread community participation, involving our many historical, heritage, libraries and arts programmes.

  “We also wanted to include our overseas connections and placing as many events as possible at a local level to produce a commemorative programme this year that will leave a lasting impression. Given the scale, and range of events taking place we can be very proud that we have gone some way towards achieving that.”