His­toric agree­ment be­tween coun­cil and Chi­nese prov­ince

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WICK­LOW County Coun­cil and the Hainan Prov­ince in China signed an of­fi­cial part­ner­ship agree­ment at the Wick­low County Cam­pus in Rath­new last week.

His Ex­cel­lency Mao Chaofeng, Vice Gover­nor of Hainan, and a del­e­ga­tion from the prov­ince, were greeted by coun­cil cathaoir­leach Ed­ward Tim­mins, Deputy An­drew Doyle and Bryan Doyle, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr Tim­mins and Vice Gover­nor Mao signed the agree­ment in the pres­ence of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Chi­nese Em­bassy and com­mu­nity in Ire­land, Wick­low County Coun­cil, County Wick­low Tourism, the Cham­bers of Com­merce and Lo­cal En­ter­prise.

Cllr Tim­mins said it was a great hon­our to sign the his­toric part­ner­ship agree­ment which would com­mit to ‘en­hanc­ing and de­vel­op­ing the friend­ship and co-op­er­a­tion be­tween our two com­mu­ni­ties.’

Mr Mao said the agree­ment was a great op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote friend­ship, eco­nomic and trade in­ter­flow be­tween the two part­ners and of the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences of the del­e­ga­tion on their visit to Ire­land. He also thanked Cllr Pat Vance and his wife for ac­compa- ny­ing the group to a pro­duc­tion of ‘ River­dance’ in the Gai­ety Theatre the pre­vi­ous evening.

A pre­sen­ta­tion by Fred Verdier of Wick­low County Tourism high­lighted some of the beau­ti­ful tourism hotspots in the county, in­clud­ing Glen­dalough, the Pow­er­scourt Es­tate and the Bray to Grey­stones Cliff Walk.

Shee­lagh Daly, Head of En­ter­prise at the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice, gave an over­view of Wick­low from a busi­ness and film per­spec­tive be­fore County Wick­low and the Prov­ince of Hainan were show­cased in a num­ber of vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tions.

Cllr Tim­mins then pre­sented Mr Mao with a print of Glen­dalough, while His Ex­cel­lency pre­sented the county coun­cil with a tra­di­tional hand-woven bro­cade from Hainan.

Ear­lier in the day the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Pow­er­scourt House and were brought on a tour of Ash­ford Stu­dios by owner Joe O’Con­nell.

At the cel­e­bra­tory din­ner that evening, the Chi­nese del­e­gates en­joyed fresh Ir­ish pro­duce and the de­light­ful harp play­ing of lo­cal mu­si­cian Madeleine Do­herty.

Be­fore head­ing home, the guests vis­ited Glen­dalough where they were given a tour of the monas­tic site and a flavour of its his­tory by Ge­orge McClaf­ferty of the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works. They were then ac­com­pa­nied on a walk along the lakeshore by Cllr Gerry Walsh and ex­ec­u­tives from the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Unit of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Vice Gover­nor Mr Mao Chaofeng, Hainan Prov­ince of China, and Cathaoir­leach Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins.

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