2013-03-06 16:14:07 - The Deputy Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, will lead a delegation of almost 100 people to Ennis next week to participate in a comprehensive programme of events marking the 25th anniversary of the twinning link between the Clare County and Arizona State Capitals.
Michael Johnson will be joined in County Clare by Phoenix City Council representatives and executives, business leaders and Phoenix Sister City personnel.
One of the highlights of Phoenix Week 2013 will be the participation in the St Patrick’s Day parade of 35 members of the Saint Mary's Catholic High School marching band from Phoenix. During their weeklong visit to The Banner County, the Phoenix delegation will also meet Clare business and tourism interests on the business opportunities that the region offers, participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and receive a guided historic tour of Ennis as well as visit some of Clare’s best-known tourism attractions.
Speaking ahead of next week’s visit, Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Peter Considine stated: “It is
very important that we celebrate the real and enduring association between Ennis and Phoenix. We all benefit from this association in terms of culture, education and business. I wish to congratulate all of those who have been involved over the past 25 years.”
“Since the formation of the twinning relationship in 1988, civic and community leaders from both sides of the Atlantic have visited each other on exchanges and have developed strong ties and personal friendships. Phoenix Week 2013 is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the very special relationship that has been established,” explained T J Waters, Chairperson of Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board.
He added: "The twinning arrangement has presented tremendous opportunities for the residents of both Ennis and Phoenix. For example, political and business leaders, arts and cultural representatives, technical experts, teachers and students from each location have participated in regular exchanges. We look forward to welcoming our friends to Ennis next week. We also would like to thank Ennis Town Council for its support.”
Another highlight of Phoenix Week 2013 is the Cliffs of Moher 5 Miler at 11am on Saturday, 16 March. The fundraising event will commemorate the short life of baby Nicholas Stokes of Phoenix who passed away at the Cliffs in 2006. His parents were so touched by the support they received at the time of the tragedy that they have raised over $80,000 to supply emergency equipment and emergency response training for personnel at the Cliffs of Moher First Aid Centre, now known as Nicholas Room. The funds raised by the run will go to the Nicholas Room and to the Neonatal Unit in St. Munchin’s Hospital. Preparations are underway to cater for 500 participants in the 5-Miler and almost fifty runners from Phoenix plan to take part. Those intending to run or walk the route can register on www.runireland.com or at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center beforehand.
Meanwhile, Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board will host a breakfast forum for visiting Phoenix business people and officials. The forum on March 15th, which is supported by Ennis Town Council and Ennis Chamber of Commerce, will concentrate on opportunities for employment in the region as well as showcasing the tourism opportunities on offer in Clare. Topics covered will include transport infrastructure, links to third level research projects and opportunities for global business.
Log on to www.ennisphoenix.com or the Ennis Phoenix Facebook page for more about Ennis Phoenix Week or to find out how to get involved in the 25th anniversary celebrations.