Visit Of The Australian Ambassador To Ireland Bruce Davis To Carrickmacross On Friday 20th April 2012
The Australian Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Bruce Davis, visited Carrickmacross on Friday 20th April, at the invitation of Carrickmacross Lions Club to launch the countdown to the North East Cycle Challenge event which takes place on Sunday 6th May. The two route event, in aid of Alzheimers Support, is set to attract cyclists of all abilities from all parts of the country.
The Ambassador, along with his wife, brother & sister and their spouses, first paid a visit to the newly built Carrickmacross Civic Offices for a civic reception and met with the Mayor, Noel Keelan, Town Council members, Monaghan County Manager David Fallon, Town Council Manager Paul Clifford, Carrickmacross Lions Club President Andrew Spare, Chamber of Commerce President Jim Hand and members of the Council office staff.
During the day, Ambassador Davis and his family also visited the Phoenix Sports & Recreation Centre where he met Christina McMahon and her staff and toured the premises to see the impressive array of equipment and facilities during which they saw a demonstration of cycle spinning.
After lunch in the Shirley Arms Hotel hosted by the Carrickmacross Town Council, Ambassador Davis and family visited the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery and met with Elizabeth Daly and Geraldine O’Reilly who demonstrated the art of lace making before presenting the party with fine pieces of Carrickmacross Lace.
Later in the day, the Ambassador and his family visited Drung in Co. Cavan where his great grandfather John Davis lived & worked before emigrating to Australia in 1857.
The day was a huge success, both for the Carrickmacross Lions Club in launching the countdown to the North East Cycle Challenge event and for the Town of Carrickmacross.