|Oranmore Twins with French Town of Clohars-Fouesnant|
What is Town Twinning?
Town twinning is a tradition that began after Second World War. International communities bond through new friendships, sports, the arts, business links and perhaps even through the co-operation of twinned towns to solve common problems. Mutual benefits are to be gained by both communities. A successful twinning link should involve every level of the community. Younger generations especially will benefit from enhanced understanding of a different culture, whilst also learning or improving their skills in a foreign language.
Clohars-Fouesnant is a small town in Southern Finistére in Brittany. It is 11km from Quimper and very close to the busting seaside town of Bénodet.
A few months ago, the Mayor of Clohars-Fouesnant contacted the Oranmore Development Association to see if Oranmore would consider the possibility of twinning with his community. The Mayor chose Oranmore because a neighbouring town, Tremeven, had recently twinned with Monivea and he had received glowing reports of the experience and because he felt that there was a lot in common between Oranmore and Clohares-Fouesnant.
As you know a group from Clohar-Fouesnant visited Oranmore on St. Patrick’s week. They had a wonderful time here. They were hosted by various families in the village and experienced our Irish hospitality. These hosts have now been invited to Clohars Fouesnant in September. They will entertain us and introduce us to their customs and culture. We hope that this relationship will grow and that a bond of friendship will be made between the two communities. Bridges will be built between all sections of both communities including Schools, Sport’s Clubs and businesses. Such a development should help both communities to learn and grow.