WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1992

Skerries Town Twinning is a committee of Skerries Community Association CLG.  Skerries Town Twinning was founded in 1992 following a public meeting to explore the possibility of twinning with the Canton of Guichen (Brittany).  In 1991, at the suggestion of the Irish Breton Association, a group of four people from the Canton of Guichen visited Skerries.  They invited some Skerries representatives to attend the twinning ceremony between Guichen and Villafranca de los Barros (Spain) later that year.  Further exploratory visits took place before a formal decision was taken to proceed with an official twinning. The official ceremony took place on 14 August 1994 in Skerries and a reciprocal ceremony took place in Guichen on 9 July 1995.

Skerries Community Association

Official Business Registration

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AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF SKERRIES TOWN TWINNING (STT).

  1. To promote international friendship and understanding by initiating and fostering mutual exchanges between the peoples of Skerries and of such other towns with which the Association may decide to consider entering into a twinning arrangement;

  2. To encourage visits by individuals and groups to and from linked towns and regions, particularly by children and young people;

  3. To develop personal contacts, and by so doing to broaden the mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational and commercial activities of the linked towns and regions;

  4. To engage in any other activities consistent with furthering the objectives of (1), (2) and (3) above.

 

PAST ACTIVITIES

Walking Tour of Guichen - May 2017

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Walking Tour of Guichen - May 2017

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Walking Tour of Guichen - May 2017

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Walking Tour of Guichen - May 2017

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Walking Tour of Guichen - May 2017

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The Irish Walking Group - Guichen 2017

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Sports Trip Skerries - July 2016

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Sports Trip Skerries - July 2016

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Sports Trip Skerries -  July 2016

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Sports Trip Skerries - July 2016

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Pretty Views Guichen - May 2014

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Pretty Views Guichen - May 2014

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The Morning Bread Run! - May 2014

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PAST ACTIVITIES
OVER THE YEARS

AUGUST 2019

6 representatives from Guichen visited Skerries to mark the 25th anniversary of the official twinning held in 1994. The delegation was welcomed by the Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Eoghan O'Brien, at the County Hall Swords on 14 August 2019.

JULY 2019

28 (adults & children) from skerries visited Guichen (walks & rambles).

MAY 2018

29 (adults & children) visited Skerries for walks and rambles around Fingal/Dublin.

JUNE 2017

30 strong group of various ages from Skerries visited Guichen for hikes and rambles.

JULY 2016

7 adults and 16 teenagers visit Skerries (sports trip).

JULY 2015

38 people from Skerries visit Guichen (including Rinceoil Fingal Group).

AUGUST 2014

35 visitors from Guichen celebrate 20 years of twinning.

JULY 2013

Sports Trip to Guichen (5 adults and 22 teenagers).

APRIL 2013

Screening of Film Les Choristes as a fundraiser.

 

ACTIVITIES HISTORY OVER THE YEARS

NOVEMBER 2012

Choose your Wine for Christmas - hosted by STTA.

JULY 2012

STTA members take part in Pride of Place competition.

JUNE 2012

STTA goes on Facebook!

MAY 2012

Official unveiling of Guichen Way - 9 visitors from Guichen.

OCTOBER 2011

Small delegation visited Guichen for organic weekend.

JULY 2010

Return sports trip to Skerries - 33 participants.

MAY 2010

Skerries hosts two cyclists who are touring European communities to report on cycling facilities in the EU.

FEBRUARY 2010

Change of status - STTA becomes a committee of Skerries Community Association.

JULY 2009

Sports trip to Guichen, 37 participate.

SEPTEMBER 2008

43 return visit for Sound Waves festival.

JUNE 2007

Choir trip to Guichenfor Fete de la Musique - 47 travel.

APRIL 2007

Return exchange trip to College Noel du Fail.

APRIL/MAY 2006

Exchange visit by pupils of College Noel du Fail to Skerries.

MARCH 2006

French visitors for St. Patrick's weekend.

JULY 2005

30 visitors from Skerries attend 10th anniversary celebrations in Guichen -George Grundy (WW2) found in Rennes Cemetery.


AUGUST 2004

43 French visitors to mark celebrations for 10th anniversary of twinning - Environmental theme.

JANUARY 2004

Unveiling of Skerries Twinning signs at the town entrances.

MARCH 2003

Visit to Guichen for St. Patrick's Day.

JUNE 2002

Celebration in Skerries Mills to mark second gold star.

MAY 2002

Second Gold Star of Europe Award p presented in Antwerp.

MARCH 2002

St Patick's Day visit to Skerries.

JUNE 2001

Sports trip in Skerries - 19 children, 3 leaders.

 

ACTIVITIES HISTORY OVER THE YEARS

MARCH 2001

Group visit to Guichen for St. Patrick's celebrations.

JUNE 2000

Secondary school exchange - Irish students to Guichen. Unveiling of Twinning signs in the Canton of Guichen and Milevsko (Czech Rep).

MARCH 2000

37 French visitors to celebrate St. Patrick's weekend.

AUGUST 1999

French visitors come to celebrate 5 years of twinning in Skerries.

MARCH 1999

Skerries group to Guichen for St. Patrick's Day.

JUNE 1998

Sports trip to Guichen, 17 Skerries teenagers join French, Polish and Czech.

SEPTEMBER 1997

Delegation from Skerries to Agricultural Fair in Bourg des Comptes.

SUMMER 1997

Skerries Town Twinning Association hosts EuroDay in Ardgillan.

MARCH 1997

Secondary school exchange - Holy Faith/De la Salle College welcomes 39 pupils from Collège St. Joseph Guignen.

SUMMER 1996

Sports trip to Skerries by French teenagers.

OCTOBER 1995

First of our European Gold Star Awards - Dublin Castle.

JULY 1995

Official Twinning in Guichen - 120 visitors from Skerries.

AUGUST 1994

Official Twinning in Skerries - 106 visitors from Guichen.

MAY 1994

Primary school children from Laillé visit Skerries.

MARCH 1994

Return of Petra projects - funding problems.

AUTUMN 1993

Petra programme runs in Skerries.

JULY 1993

First teenage sports trip to Guichen - 40 took part.

APRIL 1993

17 students and 35 adults visit Skerries - school links established.

OCTOBER 1992

Return visit by group from Canton of Guichen.

APRIL 1992

Schedule Item Body

FEBRUARY 1992

First Committee elected following public meeting.

JANUARY 1992

First public meeting planned.

OCTOBER 1991

First visit to Canton of Guichen by two Skerries people for Twinning with Villafranca de los Barros (Spain).

SUMMER 1991

First visit to Skerries by four people from Guichen.