Phoenix and Ennis celebrate 30 years

Phoenix and Ennis celebrate 30 years


Fiona Whelan – Clare County Council; Ronan Dillon – Ennis Phoenix Twinning Boar; Mayor of Ennis Paul Murphy; Mayor of Clare Tom McNamara. Emily who was one of the first students to participate in the Ennis Phoenix Youth Ambassador Programme and and teacher Kate Corrigan – Photo by Eamon Ward.

The Mayor of Ennis will lead a delegation to Phoenix later this month to participate in a programme of events marking the 30th anniversary of the twinning link between the Clare County and Arizona State Capitals.

Councillors Paul Murphy will be joined by members of the Ennis Phoenix Twinning Committee in Arizona where they will attend events hosted by Phoenix City Council, business leaders and the Phoenix Sister City Committee.

5 years ago, a 100-strong delegation from Phoenix visited Ennis to mark the 25th anniversary of the twinning relationship.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Paul Murphy stated: “It is very important that we celebrate the real and enduring association between Ennis and Phoenix.The twinning arrangement, which has existed since 1988, has presented tremendous opportunities for the residents of both regions. For example, political and business leaders, arts and cultural representatives, technical experts, teachers and hundreds of students from each location have participated in regular exchanges.”

“I wish to congratulate all of those who have been involved over the past 30 years,” added Mayor Murphy.

Michael Byrne, Chair of the Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board, said, “The twinning partnership has helped to bridge geographical and cultural divides and develop lasting friendships between the people of Ennis and Phoenix. I look forward to this month’s visit as both twinning committees seek to build further on the business, political, community and cultural links that have formed during the last three decades.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.