If you visit Tullamore Library in the coming weeks, you’ll find some books from the sunny State of Arizona.
Bronagh Cullen from Tullamore presented locally published materials from Chandler, Arizona to the Offaly County Library last week.
Her father works for Intel and is presently based in Chandler, Arizona where there is a large Irish community, many of whom have Tullamore connections. The material was donated by Chandler, AZ / Tullamore, Ireland Sister Cities .
Chandler is a sister city to Tullamore since 2011. This is part of the ongoing book exchange that is taking place between the two communities as part of cultural activities undertaken by the Sister Cities committees in both locations.
In March 2013, a Sister Cities group representing education and business links for Tullamore will visit Chandler and take part in a range of activities organised in connection with the Sister Cities work programme.
This will include a group of secondary school students from the Sacred Heart School who last year published a book sharing recipes from Ireland and Arizona as part of the Sister Cities cultural activities programme. If any businesses in Tullamore and the wider area are interested in the business aspect of Sister Cities links in terms of import/export opportunities, technology transfer etc, they are encouraged to contact the Sister Cities Chairperson Cllr Tony McCormack on 086 8229399.
Cllr McCormack commented, “the growing links between our two communities provide a valuable resource for business development, education and cultural exchange and all of these links benefit our community in a variety of ways. I wish to acknowledge the work of those involved in the Sister Cities committee and activities both here in Tullamore and Chandler and look forward to developing more links in 2013 that will benefit us both.”