21st anniversary of Roscommon-Chartrettes twinning this weekend
A walkway from the Market Square in Roscommon town to the car park off the Market Square (off Church Street) will be officially named ‘Allée De Chartrettes’ at 5 pm this Friday (3rd) as part of the celebrations to mark the 21st anniversary of the twinning of Roscommon Town with Chartrettes in France. The French Ambassador, H.E. Stéphne Crouzat, will be in attendance.
This naming ceremony will be followed by a welcoming ceremony in honour of Roscommon Chartrettes Twinning at Arás an Chontae with Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Ivan Connaughton, Chief Executive Eugene Cummins, Stéphane Crouzat, French Ambassador to Ireland, elected members, French visitors, host families and the Roscommon and Chartrettes Twinning committees.
The French committee’s visit coincides with Roscommon Lamb Festival. Arriving yesterday (Wednesday, May 1st), they will depart on Monday, May 6th. The delegation is led by President of the Chartrettes Committee, Madame Linda Lauro, and they were welcomed to the town by President of Roscommon Twinning Committee, Eamonn Gleeson.
The Roscommon-Chartrettes Twinning was established in 1998 by then Chairman of Roscommon County Council, the late Tom Foxe, and the then Mayor of Chartrettes, Monsieur Tino Petruzzi
Following the visit of people from Chartrettes to Roscommon in 2016 for the 1916 commemorations, a penpal and cultural exchange between a primary school in Chartrettes and Roscommon was established. This greatly assisted the 2018 visit as children who started learning French after school at Fuerty NS at St. Coman’s Wood had a real desire to participate in the visit to Chartrettes.
The twinning has enabled many exchanges of young people and adults between both towns over 21 years. Friendships and opportunities have been embraced on all trips to Chartrettes including the June 2018 trip to celebrate the 20-year anniversary.
Traditional musicians, singers and dancers formed an important part of the cultural exchanges. In total, 56 people from Roscommon travelled to Chartrettes in 2018, which included 21 children and teenagers. They were hosted for the weekend by local families. A symbolic tree-planting ceremony and visit to Avenue Roscommon to mark the 20-year anniversary took place in Chartrettes with the Mayor of Chartrettes Michel Bureau and then Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden.
The theme for the 2019 reunion in Roscommon will be ‘Cultural heritage and the future of Europe through enhanced Irish-French relations’.
The 21st Roscommon Chartrettes Town Twinning will celebrate the friendship and cultural exchange over twenty-one years and look forward to the coming years and new opportunities for Irish-French relations from a cultural, social and economic perspective.
The committee hopes to continue to develop opportunities for Irish-French commerce and interactions and cultural exchange and understanding of the two rich cultural heritage traditions so that young people from County Roscommon can travel to Chartrettes to further their French and understanding of French culture. The Twinning committee wishes to acknowledge Roscommon County Council for their continued support.