Twenty years of successful town twinning with Carhaix in Brittany will be marked by a series of events and activities in Carrickmacross next weekend. Eleven members of the Carhaix twinning committee along with twenty one under-18 soccer players and coaches will arrive in Carrickmacross on Thursday evening, 20th October and will stay with host families until Tuesday, 25th.
A full programme of events has been organised including a shopping trip to Dublin and a visit to Croke Park on Friday. On Saturday the visiting team will play the local Carrick Rovers selection for the Twinning Cup. Carhaix are the current holders of the trophy and the Carrick team are looking forward to the opportunity of claiming back the Cup on home soil. This game is at four p.m. at the Carrick Rovers ground and all are welcome to attend. The local club has arranged a number of coaching sessions for the visitors and the Rovers and these will take place on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The visiting group will be formally welcomed to the town on Friday evening at a soiree in the Shirley Arms Hotel. This event will recognise the progress achieved in the past twenty years and will be an opportunity for friendships to be renewed between the citizens of both towns.
The French Ambassador to Ireland, M. Thebault, has accepted an invitation from the Municipal Authority to visit the town at this time and he will meet the visitors and their hosts on Monday afternoon at the Civic Offices.
The president of the Carrickmacross committee, Sean Egan, is delighted that the Ambassador has agreed to visit. “ M. Thebault has shown a keen interest in the work of the twinning committees of both towns and his visit is a recognition of the achievements to date and will be a source of inspiration for the next twenty years of close links between Carrickmacross and Carhaix.”