Galway, Ireland

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Sister City since 1997

Since the Sister Cities signing in 1997, the Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International has engaged in a variety of cultural and governmental exchanges. Cultural programming highlights of the Sister Cities relationship include the annual “Oyster Festival of Racing” fundraiser that takes place every year in September at the Hawthorne Racetrack. Delegations have traveled to and from Galway every year to strengthen the ties between the two cities. In 2006, The Galway Committee opened a photo exhibit“Images of Chicago – A Spectacle of Urban life at the Water’s Edge” at the Galway City Museum. In 2007, the Spirit of Galway delegation visited Chicago for the dedication of Grainne, a sculpture from Galway was placed at Heritage Park in August, 2007.

Galway Committee Activities


Leadership:

Committee Co-Chair: William Gainer
Committee Co-Chair: Billy Lawless, Sr.

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    Galway Mayoral Delegation Visits Chicago

    The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International was once again honored to welcome the Spirit of Galway delegation to Chicago from August 14–18, led by Sean Kyne, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, and Ms. Avril Horan and Cllr. Noel Larkin, Mayor of Galway City and Mrs. Margaret Larkin. They were joined…

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    Galway Committee Co-Chair Receives Honor from County of Cork, Ireland

    Co-Chair of the Galway Committee of CSCI Bill Gainer was honored at a civic reception held in his honor on Monday, May 23, hosted by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea. Galway Mayor Frank Fahy was also in attendance and thanked Mr. Gainer and complemented his unwavering work with the Irish…

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    Billy Lawless Named Senator in Ireland

    Billy Lawless, Co-Chair of the Galway Committee of CSCI, has been appointed as a Senator to Ireland’s Seanad Éireann (the upper house of the Irish legislature, the Oireachtas) by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland. Mr. Lawless is one of the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees and the first Irish emigrant to be appointed to…

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    2016 Oyster Festival of Racing

    The Galway Committee of CSCI hosted its 19th annual Oyster Festival of Racing on November 12, 2016 at Hawthorne Race Course. This year, 200 guests attended this festive community gathering that celebrated the Galway Races and the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival. The main raffle prize included a trip for two to Ireland along…

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    Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party

    Join Us For A Live Broadcast From Europe’s Favorite Music Competition Chicago Sister Cities International presents a free Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 2 p.m.-5:30 (or when the contest ends!). The contest will be streamed live from Stockholm, Sweden. Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since…

    GALWAY: 2015 Oyster Festival of Racing

    The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International celebrated the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway at the 18th Annual Oyster Festival of Racing on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at The Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course. A buffet featuring oysters accompanied by thoroughbred horse racing, live Irish music, a silent auction and raffle…

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    2014 Oyster Festival of Racing

    The Galway Committee of CSCI celebrates the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway, Ireland with the 17th Annual Oyster Festival of Racing. Chicago’s own Oyster Festival of Racing pays tribute to two of Ireland’s most popular annual events, the Galway Races and the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, by bringing together enticing food…

    Lunch with the President of Ireland

    CSCI is sponsoring the Chicago Council on Global Affair’s lunch with the President of Ireland, His Excellency Michael D. Higgins. As a small open economy, Ireland was particularly impacted by the financial crisis which started in 2008. Following a period of  economic adjustment, the country is on its way to recovery, with employment growing and export…