The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted a mayoral delegation from Galway, Ireland, including Galway City Mayor Donal Lyons and Galway County Council Chairperson Mary Hoade.
On August 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Mayor Lyons, Councillor Hoade and the delegation. Galway and Chicago have developed a longstanding sister city relationship based on a shared vision of promoting arts, culture, business and education.
“As sister cities Chicago and Galway have maintained a strong relationship through mutual cooperation and our strong economic ties with Ireland,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “It is a pleasure to host Mayor Lyons and the delegation from Galway. Chicago and Ireland have a rich and intertwined history and hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans are proud of their Irish heritage. I welcome the opportunity to celebrate this warm relationship.”
In their meeting, Mayors Emanuel and Lyons discussed the commitment and close relationship shared by Chicago and Ireland. Mayor Emanuel has welcomed over 10 Irish government officials since taking office, including a visit from President of Ireland, Michael Higgins earlier this summer and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in March of 2012.
While in Chicago, the Galway delegation met with various business and Irish community leaders, enjoyed a concert in Millennium Park and attended a reception hosted by the Galway Committee of CSCI.