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Galway and the Scottish city of Stirling are on the verge of signing an agreement that is hoped will boost cultural ties between the cities and provide a boost for the arts, tourism, and the local economies.
At the October meeting of Stirling Council a motion was passed declaring a cultural agreement between Galway and Stirling. The motion an exact replica of a motion proposed by Labour Councillor Billy Cameron at the June meeting of Galway City Council, is not a twinning arrangement but focuses on the exchange of ideas, cultural heritage, social, recreational, educational, sporting and other activities between both communities.
THE CONNECTIONS between Ireland and Scotland run deep, deeper than is often realised. Many are aware there is a similarity between Irish and Scots Gaidhlig, our traditional musics, and the distilling of whiskey, but there is more to it than that.
The sword of Sir William Wallace, the Scottish knight and national hero who led his country in the Wars of Scottish Independence, will be displayed in Galway next week and carried in the city’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Understanding the current difficult climate for business, Galway Chamber this year decided to reduce its membership subscriptions by five per cent and it has been to the fore in lobbying for all matters of interest to its members.