ADARE will take yet another step towards formal twinning later this week when a group from the village will visit the French town of Villecresnes.
The group, which includes a band of musicians, singers and dancers from the Croagh School of Music, will fly out this Friday for a weekend of making friends and playing music.
“We are bringing a kind of mini Riverdance,” explained Anthony Murphy, PRO for Adare Community Council which is spearheading the twinning.
And the Irish visitors will also attend a formal ceremony hosted by Villescresnes’ mayor, Daniel Wappler.
“This is really their AGM,” said Mr Murphy, who will represent Adare Community Council at the event. Representatives from Villecresnes’ Italian and German twinning partners will also attend.
But the highlight is expected to be the 75-minute programme of music, song and dance from the Croagh School of Music.
The idea for bringing the musicians was sown last June when a representative group from Villecresnes visited Adare for several days and also visited the Croagh School of Music.
“They were extremely positive about the school of music,” Mr Murphy said, explaining that the concept of cultural exchanges has ranked high in the twinning discussions between both communities which began two years ago.
These discussions are now nearing finalisation and a formal twinning arrangement is expected to be signed next June or July when representatives from the new amalgamated Limerick council and from Adare will travel to Villecresnes for the ceremony.
Meanwhile, according to Mr Murphy, some aspects of that agreement are already coming to fruition.
“School exchange is a big element and already the first steps in that have been taken with schools writing to one another. The next stage will be video-conferencing,” Mr Murphy said.
Adare is likely to benefit from a boost in visitor numbers also - and already a group of golfers has been booked in for March. And Villecresnes, Mr Murphy pointed out, is near Paris and, from the young ones’ point of view, close to Euro Disney.