TULLAMORE has been twinned with the City of Chandler, Arizona for the past two years through Sister Cities International.
Chandler has a number of Tullamore residents including Tony Cummins, a successful consulting engineer and Tom Bracken who runs the Bracken School of Irish Dancing in Chandler and the ‘Feis in the Desert’.
Chairperson of Tullamore Chandler Sister Cities Cllr Tony McCormack commented on the initiative, “This is a very exciting opportunity for Tullamore to develop a relationship with the very progressive City of Chandler. It is great that there are already direct links between Chandler and Tullamore through Tullamore natives. I have no doubt but that this link between our two areas will be of great benefit to both”.
Odhran Condron, originally from Rahan is now working for Intel in their Chandler plant. He has been there for the past twelve months and is enjoying the Arizona sunshine.
During a recent visit to Tullamore he presented a wide range of books from Chandler Sister Cities to Tullamore Library. They included books about Arizona, the Irish in Arizona, children’s books and works of fiction. All of the books are by Arizona authors.
In exchange a number of books about the heritage and culture of Tullamore and Offaly have been given to the Irish Cultural Centre in Arizona, where they will be prominently displayed.
Odhran returned to Arizona with a number of items which will be used in a local Sister Cities fundraising initiative in Chandler. The items included a Tullamore jersey, flags and t shirts kindly donated by Tullamore GAA.
Barb Oliveri of Seaton High School, Chandler which has a relationship with Sacred Heart School, Tullamore through Sister Cities, recently visited Tullamore also.
She visited Sacred Heart School with a view to developing further links between the students on a range of environmental, science and history projects.
Cllr Tony McCormack further commented, “It is wonderful to see the range of links been developed between students in our community and students in Chandler and we look forward to a wide range of further projects in the coming year that will enhance links between our two communities.”
Upcoming projects for Tullamore Chandler Sister Cities in the coming year include a business and trade trip, winter training running camp in Chandler and a student exchange programme.
For further information on the business and trade trip and the running camp, please contact Cllr Tony McCormack on 086 8229399.