This year marks the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Roscommon Town and Chartrettes. The Roscommon-Chartrettes Twinning was established in 1998 by the then Chairman of Roscommon County Council, the late Tom Foxe, and the then Mayor of Chartrettes, Monsieur Tino Petruzzi.
In June 2018 fifty-six people travelled to Chartrettes where they were hosted for the weekend by local families. There was a welcoming Dinner on the Friday evening at the Chartrettes Mairie, where both the Mayor of Chartrettes Mr. Michel Bureau and then Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden addressed the gathering and spoke of the value of this cultural exchange over many years which has enriched both communities with student exchanges and greater cultural understanding.
The Chairperson of Roscommon Town Twinning Eamonn Gleeson, Secretary Nicola Kelly and the Chairperson of Chartrettes Town Twinning Linda Lauro also spoke, extolling the opportunities that this twinning has created over twenty years.
On Saturday, 23rd of June, a symbolic tree-planting ceremony to mark the twenty-year anniversary took place in Chartrettes with the Mayors of Chartrettes and Roscommon.
Cllr. Orla Leyden said that the Roscommon group received an incredibly warm welcome from the people in Chartrettes, which they were very appreciative of. She said that the mutual respect of cultures was very evident. It was a great opportunity to yet again showcase our Irish language, music, song and dance in France, and a great chance to experience French culture and language. Cllr. Leyden thanked Roscommon County Council for their continued support.
The Town Twinning Committee was especially appreciative of the diligent work of Secretary Nicola Kelly in co-ordinating the event with a very large delegation. They also thanked Eamonn Gleeson, Chairperson, for his work and use of Gleeson’s Townhouse and Restaurant for meetings and thanked Treasurer, Patricia Morris and Cultural Officer, Bill Cunningham. Cllr. Leyden said that she hoped that a sizeable group from Chartrettes would travel to Roscommon Town next May to mark the 21st anniversary of the twinning during Roscommon Lamb Festival 2019.
* Roscommon Twinning Committee
and Roscommon Town CCE would like to give a special thanks to Martina Greene
of East West Travel for her help
with the travel arrangements.