Following the delegation’s visit to L’Oreal, a delegation from Galway met with Lorient Mayor Fabrice Lohr to discuss the organization of the delegation’s voyage from Lorient to Galway.
The program includes a meeting with darás na Gaeltachta so that the Breton delegation can make an overview of the structure and economic developments being handled in the Gaeltach areas. In addition to the new premises of Portershed (Start-up Incubator), one of Galway Aerogen’s innovative companies in Galway, it also organizes infrastructure and marine research for the port of Roswell and the Port of Galway. At the academic level, ATU (Atlantic TU), ihub, NUI Galway to discuss exchanges and collaborations.
Several joint projects
These meetings are a continuation of the discussions that began last March, and are a breakthrough in Brittany’s efforts to strengthen its Breton ties and its Celtic identity at various levels: L’Oreal’s France’s first fishing port, a city, and the integration of start-ups into structures to develop and give them a European dimension. The development and continuity of exchanges at the academic level is still active and very present among the various universities.
There are, of course, plenty of opportunities and enthusiasm that allow for the implementation of short-, medium- and long-term projects.
From May 7 to May 11, the Lorient delegation will be welcomed by Galway Town Hall and Mayor Colette Connolly, as well as the Galway Chamber of Commerce, the Porter Shed, Galway-based Dual Committee, and Catherine Ggneux, Consulate in the Connach and Dongal areas.
Other highlights of the week include the inaugural France-Ireland Twinning Conference on May 08 at the Conach Hotel in Galway. This conference is the first contact between the various French and Irish committees, and the various presentations and workshops will allow them to continue to develop and collaborate with each other in their activities.
A mini festival of Brittany
The Mini Brittany Festival will be held in Galway from May 7 to 14. 47 years of double life between Galway and Lorient, Celtic relations and friendship with Brittany. Organized a number of events: Sean Nose Dance Workshop, Traditional and Breton Music, Breton Dances with Le Circle Briscuits from L’Oreal, Outdoor Breton Games, Exhibition and Travel Art Fair Workshop and HANGAR’T’YOUL HANGAR’T’YO! Cladog boats.
To quote Mr. Vincent Gurend, Ambassador of France to Ireland:
‘By promoting cultural exchange, twins are carriers of peace, encouraging the development of friendship between citizens of France and Ireland.’
‘May 9 is Europe Day. As France’s President of Europe launches the EU50 initiative, which marks the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s EU membership and the significance of its identity and European heritage. France has become Ireland’s closest European neighbor.
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