Population 210,000/350,000 RennesMetropole

Maire Natalie Appéré

Capital of Brittany– Parliament de Bretagne

The links between Cork and Rennes have been developing each year since the two cities were twinned in 1982. The participation of Cork in the Rennes International Fair each year forms the cornerstone on which so many activities are built. The city of Rennes makes available to the City Council, free of charge, space for the Stand and also provides the necessary technical services for the mounting of the Stand. The Fair provides a forum not just for bringing of information about Cork's tourist and business potential, but also provides opportunities for exploring ways in which the links between the two cities can be further developed.  

Some of the twinning activities which take place are:

  • Annual participation in Rennes Fair
  • RennesCorkTwinning Committee
  • Participation in European Network – Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities 
  • A group of French/ Rennes Erasmus students studying in UCC and CIT paid a courtesy visit to Lord Mayors Office on 2nd March, 2011.
  • Cork City Council supported the screening of Farrebique ou les Quatres Saisons at the English Market on 8th March, 2011 as part of the 22nd Cork- French Film Festival.
  • 2 Teachers taking part in the Jules Verne Programme visited the Lord Mayors Office on 9th February, 2011.  Ms Veronique Guillemot, Rennes is teaching in St Aloysius School for the academic year 2010/2011 and Ms Catherine Grimoin is teaching at Kinsale Community College.  Also in attendance at the meeting was  Francoise Lettelier, Honarary French Consul.

Picture shows French teachers Ms. Veronique Guillemot, Ms. Catherine Grimoin with Honorary French Consul, Francoise Letterlier and Noreen Mulcahy of City Hall during their courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor.

  • On Friday, 08th April, personnel from Rennes University and UCC launched their book “France, Ireland and Rebellion “a joint Cork-Rennes publication in City Hall. The book is the proceedings of a conference held at UCC in 2009, of the Association of Franco-Irish Studies (AFIS), a national association based in Dublin, but which held its 5th annual conference at UCC in 2009 and which held its AGM at UCC on Friday.  Cllr John Kelleher, Deputy Lord Mayor welcomed the group and the French writer/politician Azouz  Begag gave a short talk at the book launch.
  • On the 11th May, a group of students from the Lycee St. Sauveur who were on an exchange programme with Christ King School, and students from Redon in Brittany, on an exchange programme with Scoil Mhuire visited the Deputy Lord Mayor for a courtesy visit.  The exchange between Christ King and Lycee St. Sauveur has been running for 17 years.     
  • The Belem, a French tall ship visited Cork on the first weekend of July 2011. The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Terry Shannon paid a courtesy visit to the ship to meet the crew on July 1st.