Delegates from Cashel and Tipperary have been selected in conjunction with Cashel Town Council to represent Ireland to the European
Charter in 2014.
The seventeen delegates will travel to three countries. Five Youth Delegates will go to Bienvenida in Spain during March; five Adult Delegates will travel to Stary Poddvorov in the Czech Republic in May; a further six Adult and four Youth Delegates will attend the main Annual Meeting this July in Bievre, Belgium.
The Youth Delegates, led by Youth Co-Ordination Team Member, Teresa Coleman, are Maeve Doyle, Robert Clancy, Wayne Power, Melissa Ryan, Alan Guilfoyle, Declan Burgess and Ian Lonergan.
The Adult Delegates are led by Principal Delegate, Cllr. Eddie Bennett, followed by Cllr PJ Quinlan and Communications Officer, Niall Gregory are Sr. Mary Walsh, Cathal O’Leary, Annie Dalton and Karen O’Connor.
The delegates, drawn from a list of Cashel and Tipperary people who expressed their interest to represent Ireland will participate with delegates from other European Countries. As the most recent accession country to the European Union, Croatia’s town of Tisno has become the newest participant to the European Charter.
All delegates will engage with their partner towns in Europe on a series of conferences, workshops and relevant tours on How to involve citizens in reducing the impact of climate change in European rural communities.
With recent Irish weather records being broken, the aftermath of the floods and storms will be at the forefront of the minds of Irish delegates. Notwithstanding, the delegates will have the opportunity to stay with host families to complete their experiences of the culture of the country they will visit, as well as participate in social activities laid on by the host towns.
The first Meeting, which takes place at the end of March, sees the Spanish Charter town of Bienvenida, which aptly translates to Welcome, busily preparing and led by Jose Manuel Cotano for delegates from Ockelbo (Sweden), Medzev (Slovakia), Maglish (Bulgaria), Kolindros (Greece), Polva (Estonia), Strzyzow (Poland), Kandava (Latvia), Naestved (Denmark) and Tisno (Croatia).
They will be warmly welcomed on their four day visit by Bienvenida’s Mayor Antonio Carmona Galán.