A delegation of 26 people from Clonakilty visited Germany from 4th to 11th June 2014 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the twinning of Clonakilty with Waldaschaff in Bavaria, Germany.
The delegation was led by Pauline Lowney and Michael Kenneally, Joint Chairs of Clonakilty Twinning Association who were present in Germany in 1989 when the Charter between Clonakilty & Waldaschaff was signed on behalf of Clonakilty by Councillor Charles R. Cullinane.
The highlight of the visit was the official ceremony hosted by Marcus Grimm, Burgermeister of Waldaschaff in the Sports Hall, Waldaschaff on Sunday 8th June. Pauline Lowney and Michael Kenneally both spoke at the event and recalled the long friendship between the two towns and assured those in attendance that the twinning would continue as before despite the abolishment of Clonakilty Town Council. Some of the interpretation for the event was provided by Roisin O’Brien and Chloe Griffin, fifth year students from Clonakilty Convent of Mercy.
The friendship between Clonakilty and Waldaschaff started in 1982 when three young musicians from the Waldaschaff Musikverein Brass Band visited Brawney Wycherley, conductor of the Clonakilty St. Patrick's Brass Band. A number of exchanges between the two brass bands followed and it was during these exchanges that the idea of a twinning between the two towns was first muted.
The friendship was formalised in 1989 with the signing of the Twinning Charter by Councillor Charles Culline, Chairman of the then Clonakilty Urban District Council and Peter Winter who was then Burgermeister of Waldaschaff.