The City of Erie celebrates its newest Sister City agreement this week as it welcomes a delegation of twelve from Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland.
The Irish delegation, led by Dungarvan Mayor Damien Geoghegan, was to arrive Monday evening and be guests of the city through Sunday, Aug. 26, according to Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott. The Dungarvan visit comes just months after an official delegation from the city visited Dungarvan to sign a Sister City agreement.
The agreement will be penned again on this side of the globe on Tuesday, Aug. 21, during a 10 a.m. press conference in Mercy Heritage Room at Mercyhurst College. Through Mercyhurst’s fruitful international recruiting efforts in Dungarvan, the pursuit of a Sister City relationship first gained momentum. With the support of Mayor Sinnott and Erie City Council, the agreement was brought to fruition.
Many members of the Erie community will host programs throughout the week for the delegation. On tap is an Economic Development Summit, a boat tour of the port and bayfront, and a number of local arts and entertainment events.
“It is our hope that the delegation will return to Ireland having made new friends and discovered new opportunities for economic growth, academic exchange and joint tourism promotion,” Mayor Sinnott said. “The Sister City relationship is an opportunity for us to partner in a way that will enhance the opportunities for Erie as well as for Dungarvan.”
Mercyhurst College President Dr. Tom Gamble added, “Recognizing that we live in a global society today, it is incumbent upon us to ask how we can help each other economically, educationally, culturally and socially. We look forward to exploring those opportunities with Dungarvan in the years ahead.”