Germany calling: marking 20 years of friendship

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Wicklow County Council, Bray Municipal District and the Irish German Society of County Wicklow hosted a series of special events to mark the 20th anniversary of the partnership with Würzburg in Germany.

A delegation from Würzburg led by Mayor Marion Schäfer-Blake, arrived in Bray on October 30 where they took part in a formal renewal of the Partnership Pledge between Würzburg, Bray and County Wicklow.

The ceremony took place in Bray Town Hall before the group moved on to the offices of Bray Municipal District for the opening of the Images of Würzburg, a collection of photographs by one of the German party, Boris Albert.

very memorable cultural, educational and sporting exchanges

During their tour of Wicklow the following day, the visitors called to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and heard the story of Operation Shamrock. The group also attended a Wild Food masterclass in BrookLodge and a tour of Powerscourt Distillery.

Visiting Dublin the delegation met with representatives of the IDA and Dublin City Council prior to visiting Epic the Irish Emigration Museum.

our partnership has fostered genuine friendships

Welcoming the delegation, Cllr Stephen Matthews, Cathaoirleach, Bray Municipal District, said they were there to renew the partnership pledge made 20 years ago on the 1st of November 1999 adding:

“We have had some very memorable cultural, educational and sporting exchanges for over those years.”

Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach, Wicklow County Council, said that since its establishment on 1st November 1999, “our partnership has fostered genuine friendships and meaningful partnerships between our communities.”

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