Portuguese Visitors Welcomed to County Hall

Portuguese Visitors Welcomed to County Hall

A delegation from Portuguese town Miranda Da Douro, led by Mayor Artur Nunes, visited County Hall on Sunday last for a reception hosted by Mayor of Sligo Municipal District Councillor Hubert Keaney.

A delegation from Portuguese town Miranda Da Douro, led by Mayor Artur Nunes, visited County Hall on Sunday last for a reception hosted by Mayor of Sligo Municipal District Councillor Hubert Keaney.  The group of musicians and dancers had travelled to Sligo to take part in the annual Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival in Rathcormack.

Also in attendance were Cathaoirleach Councillor Kilgannon, Chair of Sligo County Council’s Town Twinning Committee, Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady, Councillor Declan Bree, President of Sligo Town Twinning Dymphna Gorman and members of the committee.  Members of Sligo Town Twinning, and Chair of Sligo County Board Comhaltas, Martin Enright.

In his address Mayor Keaney said ‘First and foremost, I would like to express the gratitude of this Council and our local community for travelling to Sligo to share the gift of your music, art and culture.  Your presence over the last few days enriched our Festival and added a vibrancy, colour and dynamism that attracted widespread and deserved plaudits.

 

Friendship

Your visit marks the latest chapter in this developing friendship.  I had the honour of travelling to Miranda da Douro in February 2017.  The people of Miranda were warm and generous hosts, and their genuine interest in Irish music, tradition and culture has been the backdrop to our engagement over the last year or so.  Our remote location on Europe’s Western frontier means we place a particular value on international contacts and global friendships.
  

Contacts

This was the inspiration for our formal twinning agreements with Crozon, France, Kempten in Germany and Tallahassee in America.  The Charter signed with our twin towns expressed our shared ambition that ‘personal contacts be strengthened’ and focused on the important role to be played by young people in particular in fostering and nurturing our friendship.  The civic authorities in the respective towns usually take the initiative in terms of formalising these friendships, and this the inspiration and catalyst for many other excellent projects involving students, musicians, sports clubs, arts groups and community associations. 
   

Shared Interests

Many formal and informal links have been developed over the years arising from the formal agreement between the respective local authorities.  I envisage a similar pathway in terms of our development with our friends from Miranda.  During our exchange visits we have had the opportunity to explore shared interests, discuss cultural similarities, and outlined the benefits of developing a formal association.’

The Mayor concluded his address by thanking the people involved in coordinating the visit of the Miranda group: Sligo County Council’s Town Twinning Committee Chaired by Councillor Rosaleen O Grady, Sligo Town Twinning President Dymphna Gorman and committee members Director of Services Bartley Gavin, and the Rathcormack Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival Committee.

We also enjoyed the goodwill and generous support of our local community, and for this we are very grateful’.

 

Mayor of Miranda Da Douro Artur Nunes signs the Distinguished Visitors Book accompanied by Mayor of Sligo MD Councillor Hubert Keaney 
Mayor of Miranda Da Douro Artur Nunes signs the Distinguished Visitors Book accompanied by Mayor of Sligo MD Councillor Hubert Keaney

Mayor Councillor Hubert Keaney makes a presentation to Mayor Artur Nunes  
Mayor Councillor Hubert Keaney makes a presentation to Mayor Artur Nunes

Singers from Miranda Da Douro perform in County Hall 
Singers from Miranda Da Douro perform in County Hall

Mayor Artur Nunes makes a presentation to Mayor Councillor Hubert Keaney 
Mayor Artur Nunes makes a presentation to Mayor Councillor Hubert Keaney