The Clonakilty St Patrick's Day Parade 2019 was held on Sunday 17th March and was the 26th consecutive Parade organised by Clonakilty Twinning Association.
Standard of Entries in the 2019 St Patrick's Day Parade was exceptional and the winner was Kilmeen National School who also receive the Pauline Lowney Memorial perpetual trophy.
Other prizewinners were Clonakilty Tidy Towns, Wild Atlantic waste, Clonakilty Gael Scoil, Clonakilty Rugby Club, Kilcolman National School, Scoil na mBuachailli, Knockskeagh National School, Lisavaird National School, St Josephs Girls National School & Darrara National School.
This year in July a delegation from Clonakilty will travel to Waldaschaff to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the twinning between the two towns. It is expected that most of the group will travel on 3rd July with Ryanair from Kerry Airport to Frankfurt Hahn and return on Wednesday 10th July. OFFICIAL EVENTS will be on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July. Freundeskreis Clonakilty are currently preparing a programme of events for the week.
It is hoped that many of the original delegation that attended the official twinning ceremony on 2nd July 1989 will again travel to Waldaschaff this year for the 30th Anniversary celebrations. Anyone who would like further information should contact anyone on our committee.
The Twinning Charter was signed in Waldaschaff on Sunday 2nd July 1989 by Chairman of Clonakilty Town Council Charles R Cullinane and Burgermeister of Waldaschaff Peter Winter in the presence of Auxiliary Bishop Helmut Bauer and the Irish Ambassador Kester W. Heaslip.
Over 100 people from Clonakilty traveled to Waldaschaff for the event including Chairman of Clonakilty Town Twinning Association Danny Lordan, Clonakilty Town Clerk Michael Kenneally and the St. Patrick's Brass Band (now Clonakilty Brass Band) under the leadership of Brawny Wycherley. Clonakilty Town Councillors Donal Cullinane & Diarmuid O'Donovan also attended as did Monsignor Daly PPVG and Principal of Clonakilty Sacred Heart Secondary School Sr. Eilish McGrath.
A 31 strong official delegation from Waldaschaff, Bavaria in Germany visited their twin town of Clonakilty from 1st to 8th August 2018. After enduring temperatures of 38 degrees at home the German visitors exited Kerry airport to the welcome soft Irish rain.
At a reception later in O'Donovan's Hotel the delegation were welcomed by Michael Kenneally, Chairman of Clonakilty Town Twinning Association. Marcus Grimm, Burgermeister of Waldaschaff and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman of Freundeskreis Waldaschaff both spoke about the importance of the friendship between the twin towns and the importance of getting young people involved in order that the twinning would survive and flourish.
The delegation included 15 children children who had very successful circus, music and art workshops with Markus Kunkel, Pat Uí Mairtín, & colleagues. They stayed in Clonakilty Convent of Mercy without whose support the visit could not have happened.
The highlight of the visit was a Circus performance after Mass on Sunday in Emmet Square by the children.
On Sunday after a traditional Irish breakfast the delegation paraded from Astna Square to Mass in Clonakilty Church.
Activities during the week include surfing on Thursday at Inchydonney which was hugely popular with our German friends. On Friday the delegation were treated by Clonakilty Model Railway Village to a very enjoyable street train ride and a tour of the wonderful Model Village.
Freundeskreis Clonakilty hosted the 'Farewell Evening' in the Courtyard Bar on Tuesday and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman of the Freundeskreis mentioned that discussions about the 30th Anniversary of the twinning in Waldaschaff in 2019 would be taking place shortly.