When Gerry met Ashlie: Limerick mayor learns more about cities links with Spokane

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Meeting of minds: UL student Ashlie Ulstad meets Mayor McLoughlin. Picture: Brian Arthur/Press22.
IN honour of Limerick’s link with Spokane in the USA, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin has met with Ashlie Ulstad, a resident of the Washington city.

IN honour of Limerick’s link with Spokane in the USA, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin has met with Ashlie Ulstad, a resident of the Washington city.

Ashlie and the mayor exchanged stories about their cities and spoke about the similarities between two.

Ashlie said: “Both Spokane and Limerick are beautiful cities, covered in lush vegetation in lovely riverside locations. Spokane has more hustle and bustle as it is a larger city so it has been nice to get away from that for a bit. Both cities seem to have an active population, both hosting large marathons in May.’

Limerick was twinned with Spokane in 1990.

The objectives of the relationship were to foster and encourage friendship and understanding between the cities and to bring Irish cultural to Spokane.

As part of The Gathering, a delegation from Spokane, including Mayor of Spokane David Condon, is to visit Limerick in June as part of a ‘sister city’ tour.