The recent visit by a delegation from Charttettes in France –Christian, Dominique and Elsa – was an outstanding success. They were really touched by the warm welcome which they received in the local schools and from the people of Roscommon over their three-day visit.
They noted that there are many ties between France and Ireland such as our Norman and Celtic past. The common factor of Catholicism was also noted. They enjoyed the fine display of Irish traditional music on Thursday and Friday night – thank you to Michael in that regard!
They were struck by the rich history of fine Anglo-Irish houses and the Norman castle which they visitied on their trip. Elsa recorded some of the visit on her VCR which she will show to the Chartrettes community at their next meeting.
They also mentioned that they look forward to welcoming young people/students from Roscommon who would like to spend some time in Chartrettes this summer.
They would like to make a profile of the young people coming from Roscommon so that they can match them up with a suitable family in France. There are many activities which young people could participate in Chartrettes, such as tennis, basketball and they would like to see some Irish dancers over there!
They are very enthusiastic about the Twinning going forward and they are delighted to see the same interest and verve for the project here in Roscommon. Thank you and well done to all involved.
Issue dated: 23 March 2012