The Honorable Mayor Harry F. Winthrop and members of the Newport City Council are inviting the public to a reception welcoming a delegation from Newport’s sister city, Kinsale, Ireland, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 5 PM to 6 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, Rhode Island.

 
This year’s delegation, which includes four members from the Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District, will be led by the Mayor of the Bandon-Kinsale District, Cllr. Kevin Murphy.  Joining him will be his wife, Mrs. Eileen Murphy; Ms. Mary Ryan, Director of the Bandon-Kinsale Municipal Services, and her brother, Mr. Martin Donnellan; and Mr. Enda O’Halloran, Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District Officer.  Representing the Kinsale-Newport Twinning Committee are former Mayor, the Hon. Michael Frawley, Jr.; former Mayor, the Hon. Tomas O’Brien; and Eoin O’Callaghan, former President of the Kinsale Rugby Club.

 
All will march in Newport’s 61st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of Newport’s sister-city relationship with Kinsale, an historic port and fishing town on the coast of County Cork, Ireland.  Like Newport, the town boasts a significant military history, seasonal tourism economy, and is known for its lively restaurant scene.

 
Bonded by common geography and bolstered by Newport’s own proud Irish community, the two cities have forged a particularly strong relationship since formally establishing a sister city relationship, with regular cultural exchanges centered around St. Patrick’s Day and Kinsale’s celebrated annual Gourmet Festival, in which many chefs from Newport have taken part over the years.

During the reception, members of the delegation will be introduced to the public; and a gift exchange will take place between the two communities.  The event is free and open to the public.

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