By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Town Twinning Association is planning a busy year ahead with delegations from the USA, Germany and Italy expected in Killarney this year.


Internationally, town twinning associations are tending to move away from their political roots when they were managed by town mayors and moving towards community and sporting organisations within the twined towns.


Aside from the efforts to bring the Scottish Masters Athletics International event to Killarney in June, the Killarney Town Twinning Association are planning to have an Italian Marching Band at this year’s Killarney St Patrick’s Day Parade.


Twin town Caspeira, about 50kms northwest of Rome, will provide the Italian glamour in March.


Meanwhile, the German town of Pleinfeld, usually a great supporter of the St Patrick’s Day festivities in town, will delay their arrival by one week this year.


“Their local town elections are taking place on St Patrick’s Day, but they, along with two other towns in their region are coming a week later to sample the culinary delights of the town,” Killarney Town Twinning Association Chair Sean Counihan told the Killarney Advertiser. “In the past year we have worked with golf societies and some of Killarney Celtic soccer club youngsters were in Germany last year. We are open to working with every sports club in town.”