The Mayor of Nenagh, Cllr Jimmy Moran, has expressed his hope that Nenagh’s twinning with Ballycastle in Northern Ireland will continue following the abolition of town councils next year under local government reform
Nenagh has been twinned with the seaside town in Moyle District Council, County Antrim, since 1981, and last weekend was the last time the council will have visited its twin in its current guise. Each year, the council attends the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle with the North town’s other twins, which also includes a delegation from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
However, there is some concern over what will happen to Nenagh’s twinning programme when the town council is abolished and Nenagh joins Ballina, Newport and Borrisokane in a new municipal district council that will stretch from Ballina bridge to Portumna bridge.
“We have always got on very well,” Mayor Moran told the Tipperary Star. “We became great friends.”
Cllr Moran was on the then Nenagh Urban District Council when the twinning began as a “hands across the border” initiative at the height of the Troubles.
“I recall making a speech one time there on Let’s go down the Route of Peace. At the time you were unsure of where you were walking in Northern Ireland because of what was happening.”
Cllr Moran said the link was “worth maintaining” and pointed to how successful The Gathering had been in bringing visitors to Ireland.
“Twinning has been good for Nenagh,” he said.