Two Kilkenny mayors at Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day event Sept. 14

By: 
Jay Schneider, Life/Enterprise

Kilkenny, Ireland Mayor Martin Brett will be making an appearance at the Half Way To St. Paddy’s
Day Celebration Saturday in Kilkenny. 

Seven years ago Martin Brett of Kilkenny, Ireland, made a trip to Kilkenny, MN.

At the time, Brett was the mayor of the community and was extended an invitation to come to Minnesota.

Mayor Brett was present for the first Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration, but he also attended for another reason.

The two cities signed a formal twinning, which is an official document which declared them sister cities.

Kilkenny Mayor Kevin Taaffe, Jr. and Mayor Martin Brett, who was elected Kilkenny Mayor for the fifth time after not serving for five years, will be reunited again this Saturday.

Kilkenny, Ireland has a population of more than 24,000. Kilkenny, Mn has a population of around 200.

But despite the size difference, the two mayors have shared a bond since 2013 when Taaffe visited the Ireland city for St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday, Sept. 14th event will feature music, food, and general merriment, with Mayor Brett and Andrew McGuiness, another Ireland government official, planning to make the trip.

For more information and registration forms, check out the www. kilkennymn.com website.

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