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Carrigaline Twinning Association

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Every year a student exchange takes place between both towns with students from Carrigaline travelling to Guidel in late June and their Breton host students travelling to Carrigaline in August.

An Adult exchange takes place every 2 years allowing the adults to have a little fun too. This takes place usually at Easter or sometime in the summer. This is a lovely way to make new friends, not only in Guidel but also in Carrigaline as you get to know your travelling companions very well. Hosting adults involves just 4 days generally now as a trip away is organised midweek for the visiting group due to the fact that after 20 years of visiting most people are now very familiar the Carrigaline and the Guidel environs.
We are actively looking for new members to take part in these exchanges. An adult group from Guidel will be visiting Carrigaline this coming Easter, arriving on Easter Saturday. We are also actively seeking students from Carrigaline and environs to travel to Guidel in June. If you are interested in hosting and becoming part of what is now one of the longest running and most successful twinning associations in Ireland please contact any of the following committee members.
You will be delighted you did!!!!

Contact Details:
telephone: Jim Kelly 086-2321064 or email:

Carrigaline/Guidel Twinning Association 
25th Guidel Anniversary

In July 2011 approx 80 individuals from Carrigaline and environs travelled to Guidel in Brittany to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the twinning charter between both towns. This relationship between Carrigaline and Guidel has run very successfully since that date. Adult and Student exchanges have taken place on an annual basis, building on this initial contact and nurturing a very solid connection with our European neighbours. Over the 25 years many groups have travelled to Guidel as part of twinning. The many happy memories and friendships made along the way have helped to cement that partnership.

Some of the local groups who travelled were Java, Polyphonics and Carrigdhoun Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in addition to many individuals. The groups travelled with Brittany Ferries to Roscoff and stayed with host families or group accommodation for the week long visit. During the week there were a number of formal receptions and a formal concert to mark the occasion, but also plenty of fun times. This was the opportunity to reinforce the successful link between both towns and to reinforce our commitment to maintaining it for the future and the next generation.

We acknowledge this great anniversary on the Breton side and celebrate it as has been its hallmark over the years with friendship and fun.

Signing of Kirchseeon Carrigaline Twinning Charter May 29th 2015


A group of thirty adults and children, led by the Mayor of Kirchseeon, Herr Udo Ockel, visited Carrigaline from Sunday 24th May to Saturday 30th May 2015 to sign a twinning charter between Kirchseeon and Carrigaline.

Kirchseeon is a beautiful small rural town in the Bavarian region of Germany, located 20km east of Munich. It has a rich historical background dating back to 2500 years ago. Kirchseeon also offers visitors a wealth of activities both during the summer and winter months such as hiking, biking, and skiing. It is also located close to Europe’s biggest thermal bath in Erding.

The benefits of twinning are immense as is evident from the very successful twinning of Carrigaline and Guidel in Brittany since 1986. Many visits, student exchanges and other cultural experiences have taken place over the last 29 years and many lifelong friendships have been fostered as a result.

This is a potential opportunity to raise the profile of our town and gives clubs a chance to make links with similar groups in Kirchseeon. Local businesses also benefit from a strong twinning arrangement as has been proven over the years of twinning with Guidel.

On Friday 29th May 2015, a twinning agreement between Kirchseeon in Bavaria and Carrigaline was signed at a function in Carrigaline Court Hotel attended by over seventy people. The twinning charter was signed by Udo Ockel, Mayor of Kirchseeon, Councillor Deirdre Forde, chair of Ballincollig Carrigaline Municipal District and Jim Kelly, chair of Carrigaline Twinning Association and on behalf of Carrigaline Community Association. In attendance were Minister Simon Coveney, Michael McGrath TD, Cork County Mayor Alan Coleman, Councillor Seamus McGrath, Benedikt Wiedenhofer from the German Embassy, Fr Pat Fogarty and Reverend Elaine Murray.
 An eclectic program of entertainment preceded dinner, showcasing the wealth of talent in Carrigaline. The Java ladies harmony chorus and the Polyphonics barbershop group performed their usual melodic and catchy pieces. The Kiely Walsh dancers beguiled and dazzled the audience with their energy and dexterity. A final surprise for guests was a thrilling demonstration from Carrigaline Tae Kwon Do club who are based in the Community Complex.
In a very positive speech Mayor Ockel outlined the historical significance of this agreement He expressed his delight that the twinning was now signed and looked forward to many years of private and public exchanges between the people and organisations of both towns. He issued an invitation to Carrigaline to visit Kirchseeon next year and plans are already being prepared for this. Minister Coveney highlighted the areas of cooperation between Ireland and Germany within the European Union and wished both towns well in the years of twinning ahead. He noted that Carrigaline and Guidel in Brittany have been twinned successfully for nearly thirty years and wished similar fruitful years for the new twinning arrangement.