Learn­ing the lan­guage of friend­ship

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By MARIA PEPPER

STU­DENTS of all ages from Wex­ford’s twin town of Lugo in Italy came to Wex­ford to brush up on their English at the Slaney Lan­guage Cen­tre which has re­lo­cated from Barn­town to Rowe Street in the cen­tre of town.

The 45 Lugo res­i­dents com­pris­ing chil­dren and adults rang­ing in age from 12 to 82 years, were hosted by Wex­ford fam­i­lies dur­ing their stay and were ac­com­pa­nied by group lead­ers Elena Rig­nani and Clau­dia Zaffagnini.

They at­tended the Lan­guage Cen­tre on the top floor of Chan­ning House each morn­ing and also par­tic­i­pated in sight-see­ing trips and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a boat trip to the Sal­tee Is­lands, kayak­ing on the River Slaney and a day trip to Dublin. The lan­guage ex­change was made pos­si­ble thanks to the Adri­ano Guer­rini As­so­ci­a­tion in Lugo.

Dur­ing the visit, the Mayor of Wex­ford Cllr. Tony Dempsey hosted a re­cep­tion for them at the Ir­ish Na­tional Her­itage Park in Fer­rycar­rig which was at­tended by for­mer Mayor Ted Howlin, Cllr. Ge­orge La­wor and Ms. Rig­nani who is vice-pres­i­dent of the Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion in Lugo.

Wex­ford has been of­fi­cially twinned with Lugo since May 3, 2013 when a for­mal pact was signed by the for­mer Mayor of Wex­ford Jim Allen and the Mayor of Lugo, Raf­faele Cortesi fol­low­ing a pe­riod of ‘sis­ter­hood’ which was ini­ti­ated in 2000 by Ted Howlin, a for­mer chair­man of Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera who has main­tained links with Lugo for many years.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Wex­ford and Lugo started in 1999 as a cul­tural link gbe­tween the Opera House in Wex­ford and the Rossini Theatre in Lugo which was built in 1797. The theatre is named af­ter the fa­mous com­poser Gioachino Rossini who first played there in 1806.

The group from Lugo in Italy who at­tended a course at the Slaney Lan­guage Cen­tre in Rowe Street.

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