On September 22, 2011 the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Terry Shannon and his wife the Lady Mayoress, Ursula Shannon welcomed the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Keiran Mullhall to City Hall for a courtesy visit. Also present at the visit was the Lord Mayor’s Consort and members of the Coventry Irish Society, together with members of the Cork-Coventry International Relations sub-committee, City Hall officials and Mr. Casey from O’Bheal who has initiated a poets exchange between the two cities in recent years.
Cork has been twinned with Coventry since 1969. It was the first city that Cork twinned with. The decision to twin with Coventry was a result of the number of Cork people who had emigrated to Coventry to find work and later chose it as a place to settle.
At the courtesy visit, the Lord Mayor cordially welcomed the Lord Mayor of Coventry and his delegation to Cork and provided the group with a brief history of the Office of the Lord Mayor of Cork. The Lord Mayor then heard about the excellent work carried out by the Coventry Irish Society. The group also discussed ways to strengthen and re-invigorate the links between the two cities.
Following the visit to the Lord Mayor, the delegation enjoyed a walking tour of Cork City Centre, where they followed in the footsteps of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II with a visit to the acclaimed English Market, and a tour of the Triskel Arts Centre and Christchurch.
Pictured (l to r), the Lord Mayor of Coventry's consort, Joan Harold, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Terry Shannon, Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr. Keiran Mulhall and the Lady Mayoress Urusla Shannon.
Picture shows the Lord Mayor of Coventry with members of the Coventry Irish Society, members of the Cork/Coventry International Relations sub committee, City Hall officials and representative from O'Bheal during their courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork.