The Carrickmacross-Carhaix Town Twinning Committee has recommenced activities after the Covid 19 break with two group exchanges in 2023.
At Easter, members of the local Comhaltas branch renewed old friendships and forged some new ones when they travelled to Carhaix for a series of concerts and festivals. These musicians have had strong links with the Poher School of Music in Carhaix over many years and it was particularly apt that this group were the first to travel to France after all restrictions were lifted. The Poher musicians are now looking forward to a return visit to Carrickmacross in Spring of 2025.
A new group to Town Twinning, Carrick Rovers Ladies Soccer Club, will bring their U 16 team to Carhaix to compete for the Coupe de Jumelage over the October Bank Holiday weekend. This trophy, sponsored by O’ Gormans’ Supervalu, will be brought to Carhaix and the team are confident that they will bring it back home as winners in 2023.
The team departs on Saturday morning, 28th October, for the ferry port in Ringaskiddy, Cork, and will sail from there to Roscoff via Brittany Ferries. They will arrive in Carhaix on Sunday morning and meet their host families. The big match is scheduled for that afternoon and it will be followed by a reception hosted by the local Twinning Committee.
On Monday and Tuesday the team and supporters will visit some local League One football clubs to view their facilities and to learn why these clubs are so successful.
The visit concludes on Tuesday afternoon and the group will return to Ireland by overnight ferry to Cork.
Twenty one girls will make the trip and will be accompanied by a number of coaches, parents and members of the Twinning Committee.
The Committee are finalising plans for a visit by an engineering student from Carhaix who wishes to come to Carrickmacross in Spring of 2024 as part of her degree programme. She will be staying in Carrickmacross and is seeking employment with local engineering firms.
The Committee are aiming to extend Twinning links with other groups and clubs in the area and are hoping some progress will be made during this visit to Carhaix.
Indeed, it is hoped to help a local enterprise to extend its market share during this visit also.
The Committee are delighted that exchange activities have recommenced and are looking forward to many successful Twinning events in the future.