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21st anniversary celebrations for twin towns

Twenty-one years of twinning between Lahinch and Arzon will be celebrated in the seaside resort this weekend.
The presence of the Mayor of Arzon and 50 people from the town in the south of Brittany will add colour to the occasion.
Many will be making return visits to the Lahinch area where they have holidayed since the arrangement began.
The Bretons will also be touring the Burren, Connemara, the Mid-West Region, the Ring of Kerry and Kilkenny before their return home from Dublin.
Lahinch people will have an opportunity to welcome and meet the group from Arzon at a special function in the Lahinch Golf and Leisure Centre on Sunday. The official welcome will be extended by Paul O’Brien, chairperson of Lahinch Twinning Association and Donogh O’Loghlin, chairperson of Lahinch Community Council. Members of the public are also invited to attend.
The twinning history between the two areas goes back to 1989 when the Lahinch Twinning Association was established by the Corcomroe Set Dancing Club. Having travelled to Arzon in 1989 to examine the feasibility of setting up a twinning arrangement, the new association successfully negotiated a town twinning charter in 1991 and the official ceremony was performed in Arzon.
Much progress has been made in Lahinch in the development of town twinning activities over the years. This week, a spokesperson for Lahinch Twinning Association told The Clare Champion that they are proud of their association with Arzon over the past 21 years. “Both towns have enjoyed and benefited from considerable tourist interchange of its residents.”
Currently, they are discussing how tourism, cultural exchanges, sporting and business activities can be further developed.
The spokesperson added that in appreciation of Arzon naming one of its parks in honour of Lahinch, Jardin de Lahinch, the Lahinch Twinning Association named a street as Rue d’Arzon and the ceremony was performed in the presence of officials from the Arzon association.

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