ONE of Boston’s top politicians will be the guest of honour at Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day parade this year.
Bill Linehan, the president of Boston City Council, is coming to Limerick at the invitation of city north Fine Gael councillor Kevin Kiely and Mayor Kathleen Leddin.
He will stay in the city for four days and will witness first hand the March 17 showpiece.
Cllr Kiely, who is co-ordinating the visit, said Mr Linehan wants to look at the twinning of Limerick and Boston.
“We have lots of links between the two cities. We have Regeneron coming here, which is based in Boston, and we have a new link between Shannon Airport and Boston,” he explained.
Cllr Kiely has known Mr Linehan for more than 12 years.
“He has always been very good and accommodating to me when I have visited Boston. I am asking him to arrange a future visit with some business people who have money to invest in Limerick, in Patrick Street, for example,” Cllr Kiely explained.
“He is in the position that he can do it.”
Meanwhile, Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh says the start of a new daily service between Shannon and Logan Airport will aid business opportunities between the two cities.
Speaking after a meeting with a Shannon Airport delegation led by chairman Rose Hynes, Mayor Walsh said the new daily Aer Lingus service “reflects the economic ties today and deep historical links between the regions”.
“No one needs any introduction to the historical influence of the Irish on this part of America but there is also a very strong economic connection today between here and the West and South coasts of Ireland, which Shannon Airport serves,” he explained.
Ms Hynes added: “It says a lot about the mayor’s relationship with the west of Ireland that we were not alone the first Irish delegation he met since his inauguration but the first international delegation. His election as Mayor is an opportunity for the West and South to not just underpin the economic and tourism ties between our two regions but grow them.”