Waldaschaff visitors enjoy week in Clonakilty
A delegation of 76 people from Waldaschaff arrived in Clonakity on 19th August 2015 and spent a very enjoyable week there to celebrate "the most successful town twinning in Western Europe".
1n 1989 the Chairman of Clonakilty UDC Cllr Charles R Cullinane & Waldaschaff Burgermeister Peter Winter signed the Twinning Charter in Waldaschaff between the two towns. The following year, 1990, a similar ceremony was held in Clonakilty when the then Chairman of Clonakilty UDC Cllr Raymond O'Neill & Waldaschaff Burgermeister Peter Winter signed the Twinning Charter.
So, 25 years after the Clonakilty event the large delegation led by Marcus Grimm, Bürgermeister of Waldaschaff and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman of Waldaschaff's twinning association 'Freundeskreis Clonakilty' came back to Clonakilty. The delegation included many members of Musikverein Waldaschaff led by conductor Bernd Zwiesler.
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The delegation brought the good German weather with them and were met at a very sunny Kerry Airport by Michael Kenneally, Chairman of Clonakilty Twinning Association, Del McCarthy & Paddy Feen.
On arrival in Clonakilty the delegation was given a Civic welcome by Councillor Joe Carroll, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork in O'Donovan's Hotel.
This was followed by an excellent barbecue in the hotel and the official part of the programme was concluded with speeches and exchanges of gifts by Cionnaith OSuilleabhain, Mayor of Clonakilty, Marcus Grimm, Burgermeister of Waldaschaff, Michael Kenneally, Chairman Clonakilty Twinning Association and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman Freundeskreis Clonakilty. The various speakers paid tribute to Lore Steigerwald former Chairman of Freundeskreis Clonakilty for all she had done over the years to make the twinning a success.
Thursday 20th August 2015
On Thursday afternoon there was a choice of leisure activities with the more active doing the cycle tour to Galley Head lighthouse while others opted for the visit to Galley Head lighthouse & walk on Long Strand. Rain and wind made the cycle quite arduous but this was soon forgotten after a rather splendid afternoon tea in Dunmore House Hotel. A wonderful evening of music with excellent BBQ in Shanley's Bar concluded a most enjoyable day in Clonakilty for the visitors.
Friday 21st August 2015
Friday was a very relaxed day and at 3.00 p.m. Cionnaith OSuilleabhain gave a very interesting historical tour of Clonakilty Town which was greatly appreciated by both our German visitors and Clonakilty locals. Musikverein Waldaschaff travelled to Skibbereen for a rehersal on Friday evening and were very appreciative of the hospitality received afterwards compliments of the St Fachtna's Silver Band.
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Musikverein Waldaschaff again travelled to Skibbereen on Saturday morning for very well received concert with St Fachtna's Silver Band at the Skibbereen country market. Other members of the delegation enjoyed the surfing at Inchydoney.
One of the highlights of the week was a very well attended open-air concert at Emmet Square at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 22nd August when Musikverein Waldaschaff under conductor Bernd Zwiesler performed with our own Clonakilty Brass Band under conductor Ger Condon.The concert was followed by an excellent meal in the Courtyard Bar.
Sunday 23rd August 2015
It was a great week for music aficionados as Musikverein Waldaschaff led a parade to Clonakilty Church on Sunday 23rd August and also played during and after the Mass where Waldaschaff native Fr Manfred Hock was the main celebrant. Other music at the service was provided by Clonakilty choir as well as tenor Sebastian Köching accompanied by Michael Lörcher on organ.
Frühschoppen in Brewery Bar followed and it was a wonderful evening of good company, excellent food and great music.
Monday 24th August 2015
Monday was another very relaxed day with more surfing at Inchydoney for the more energetic members of the delegation.
Fr Manfred Hock was again the main celebrant at a special Mass for Nora Wycherley on Monday afternoon in Darrara Church and this was followed by refreshments in Ring village at Kitty Macs.
A wonderful concert of Light Opera by two internationally renowned German musicians, tenor Sebastian Köching accompanied by Michael Lörcher on piano in O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty on Monday night was well attended and the duo exited to a standing ovation.
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The final day of the visit came around so quickly. The delegation spent Tuesday visiting friends, shopping in Clonakilty while some took the opportunity to visit Kinsale for some sightseeing.
Scannells Bar was the venue for the 'Farewell Party' which started at 6.00 p.m. with an enjoyable seafood BBQ and a night of good music and good company ensued.
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The Waldaschaff delegation had brought the good German weather with them on their arrival but as we said our farewells to our friends after a wonderful week early on Wednesday morning it started to rain heavily.