Alabama trip was bril­liant – Mayor

STOKES MET WITH KEY BUSI­NESS LEAD­ERS

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MAYOR of Grey­stones Stephen Stokes re­cently re­turned from Huntsville, Alabama where he served as Grand Mar­shal for the 2014 Huntsville St. Patrick's Day Pa­rade.

Mayor Stokes, who paid his own way, thanked the people of Alabama and in par­tic­u­lar the Ir­ish So­ci­ety of North Alabama for their warm wel­come.

Huntsville Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area is larger than Cork.

‘ The re­cep­tion I re­ceived was fan­tas­tic. I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it. It was a great hon­our to serve as Grand Mar­shal,’ said the mayor.

Mayor Stokes met hun­dreds of people, dozens of com­mu­nity groups, Mayor Troy Tru­lock (Madi­son), Mayor Tommy Bat­tle (Huntsville), and con­ducted three tele­vi­sion in­ter­views.

'I was par­tic­u­larly pleased to meet the Alabama Sec­re­tary of Com­merce, and many key busi­ness lead­ers. I am pleased to con­firm that two com­pa­nies are now ac­tively look­ing at Ire­land for in­vest­ment. At least one will look at Grey­stones IDA site.'

Mayor Stokes added there were sev­eral lighter mo­ments. 'I did a Q&A with a 3rd grade class. They asked me twice if I was a leprechaun. Huntsville Rugby Club also in­sisted on stop­ping the pa­rade so I could throw in a rugby ball for an im­promptu street li­ne­out.'

Mayor Stokes spent sig­nif­i­cant time with Son­nie Here­ford who ran the Huntsville St. Patrick's Pa­rade for 16 years. Mr. Here­ford made his­tory as the first African Amer­i­can to be ad­mit­ted to the Alabama pub­lic school sys­tem. ‘Son­nie Here­ford is an in­spi­ra­tion to in­te­gra­tion ef­forts, and a great hon­ourary Ir­ish­man.'

Grey­stones Mayor Stephen Stokes (right) with Tommy Bat­tle, Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama.

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