The French Ambassador to Ireland, M. Jean-Pierre Thebault, visited Carrickmacross on Friday morning last to meet the members of the local twinning committee. He was welcomed to the Shirley Arms Hotel by the committee members and Micheal Muldoon from the hotel. He thanked the local people for their expressions of sympathy following the recent bombings in France and heard a report on the various exchanges that have taken place between Carrickmacross and Carhaix. He offered his help in developing these links and presented some interesting perspectives on the way forward for towns like Carrickmacross. The discussion continued over breakfast before M. Thebault left to fulfil other engagements in the county.
The Ambassador informed the members that he intended returning for the twentieth anniversary celebrations in November. The President of the Twinning Committee, Sean Egan, presented M. Thebault with a piece of Carrickmacross Lace as a memento of his visit and stated that he was looking forward to welcoming the Ambassador to the town later in the year.