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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.

2018 Visit

A small delegation from Carrigaline visited our twin town of Kirchseeon in Bavaria recently and as always , the visit was amazing. We arrived in Munich to a wonderful warm welcome with many of our twinning friends travelling to the airport to greet us.
The next day we returned to Munich for a guided tour of the beautiful Nymphenburg palace, historically summer residence of the King of Bavaria.
After lunch, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the city centre and climbed the 306 steps to the top of St. Peter’s Church to see the most spectacular view of the whole of Munich.
We returned to Kirchseeon for dinner and an evening of traditional Bavarian music and dance. We were encouraged to participate, which we enjoyed immensely, and reciprocated by teaching the dancers how to dance the siege of Ennis.
The following day began with a trip to the medieval town of Wasserburg, and a fascinating tour of the ancient beer cellars, used to keep the beer cold during the warm summer months. In the evening we enjoyed a traditional beer festival in a neighbouring town.
The planned cycle for the next day was cancelled due to rain but we were not disappointed as a Bavarian brass band event entertained us for the first part of the day and a barbeque in the evening rounded off the day very well.
The highlight of the trip was without a doubt the trip to Berchesgaden, a beautiful town in the Bavarian Alps. We had a guided tour of the 500 year old salt mines and a trip up into the mountains to experience the most amazing views of the Bavarian and Austrian landscape.

It truly was a fantastic trip filled with friendship and fun. Visiting other countries as part of a twinning programme is an amazing experience and allows the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of the region, its culture, heritage, traditions and its people in a way that is unique to the twinning.