PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors from Longford's twinning town Noyal-Chatillon-Sur Seiche in France receive warm welcome at Arás an Chontae

Aisling Kiernan


Aisling Kiernan


25 people from Longford’s twinning town, Noyal-Chatillon-Sur Seiche a French town situated in the heart of Brittany close to the historic city of Renne, arrived earlier this evening to a warm welcome at Arás an Chontae, despite the heavy downpours and cold temperatures! 

The initiative is now in its 19th year and has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1998.

The 25 people that travelled over to Longford were treated to some wonderful local entertainment that included a few very well known songs from Longford Voices United Choir and lots of fiddle music from the Newtownforbes/Longford Comhaltas which was established last year.

It’s members are aged between six and 12 years and their jigs and slow airs received rapturous applause upon completion.

Cathaoirleach, Longford Co Council, Cllr Mick Cahill said he was delighted to welcome the visitors to the county and he wished them well during their four day trip.

“We are delighted to welcome you all to Longford,” he added.

“We are very proud of our town and with the twinning arrangement between the two towns.

“This arrangement has remained very strong and that is down to the commitment of the people in both towns.”

Meanwhile, the French flag was raised in the 1916 Commemoration Garden across from Council HQ and once all the formalities were completed, the French visitors, their hosts and local council members sat down to a delicious and very welcomed meal.

For more on the French visit, see next week’s Longford Leader, on sale Wednesday.