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Killarney clubs building links with Bundesliga side

Committee Chairman Seán Counihan

DESPITE Covid-related travel restrictions, the Killarney Town Twinning Committee is still actively promoting the town with a view to facilitating visits from sister towns and cities, for cultural, sporting and social purposes, when the pandemic eases.

Twin town Pleinfeld, in the German state of Bavaria, is advancing plans to establish links between clubs in Killarney and Bundesliga 2 side FC Nuremberg and officials with the Kerry Schoolboy and Schoolgirls’ League are also actively involved.

FC Nuremberg, who play in the Max-Morlock Stadium, were relegated from the top flight in Germany to division two last season but it remains one of the strongest and most respected clubs in the country.

“Who knows, a Kerryman might wear the Nuremberg colours someday,” said Killarney Town Twinning Committee Chairman, Seán Counihan.

John Josef Meiling, Chairperson Pleinfeld Twinning Association, the Beer Queen of Bavaria, Seán Counihan, Killarney Town Twinning Chairman, Deputy Brendan Griffin and Mayor of Pleinfeld Markus Dirch at a previous twinning gathering

There are also plans to link golf clubs in Kerry with some of Bavaria’s finest courses

One of Killarney’s other twins, Casperia, in the Lazio area of Italy, has organised a special promotion where locals delivered an illustrated talk to highlight the attractions of Killarney.

“We hope, in the event of a vaccine being found, to welcome to Killarney the famed majorettes of Casperia who have participated in some of the biggest parades in the world,” said Seán Counihan.

“All going well, in the latter half of next year we hope to welcome our friends from Scottsdale, Arizona to promote the possibility of tourism and sporting exchanges and we look forward to hosting the St Andrew’s Highland Games in town in 2022,” he added.

Locals from Killarney’s twins in Castiglione in Italy and Saint Avertin in France are also looking forward to returning to Kerry.

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