Reaching out with the hand of friendship

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, raises the American flag over the main entrance to the town hall

THE annual 4th July celebrations had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns but that didn’t stop the Mayor of Killarney from raising the American flag in the most prominent place in the town.

In one of his first duties since receiving the chain of office, for the second time, Cllr Brendan Cronin raised the flag of the United States on the landmark Killarney Town Hall building in a gesture of friendship with the American people and to mark Independence Day.

Tens of thousands of visitors from the US have been flocking to Killarney for generations but this year, for obvious reasons, they are being encouraged not to travel.

The flag was flown with pride in Killarney

Mayor Cronin said while there are many difficulties being encountered because of Covid19, he felt it was important to mark the occasion to reinforce Killarney’s ties with America.

“There is a deep connection between our two countries, based on emigration of the Irish to America and the role the Irish have played in shaping America across culture, politics, sport and other areas,” he said.

“Americans are proud and celebrate their Irish roots and we too, on this important day, acknowledge the shared history, the relationships and the impact America has had on our town, society and economy,” the mayor added.

He said it was a source of regret that Killarney has not been able to host the annual 4th July festival this year but he looks forward to the return of the festival in 2021.

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