It was a busy St Patrick’s weekend for those involved in the twinning programme between Newbridge and its German counterpart Bad Lippspringe.
The committee entertained 50 visitors from Bad Lippspringe, who were led by Burgermeister Andreas Bee and all took part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The visitors’ busy schedule included a visit to the Military Museum in the Curragh and Newbridge Silverware.
The highlight of the weekend for many of the visitors, according to PRO Peter O’Neill was the unveiling of Bad Lippspringe Way by the river.
The riverside path from the bridge down towards the Strand has been renamed in honour of the German town. A reception was held after the renaming in Ryston Social Club.
The Deputy German Ambassador, Peter Zingraf and his family, attended the Bad Lippspringe Way unveiling and the town’s St Patrick’s Day parade. They were also accompanied by two high ranking officials from the Foreign Office in Berlin.
This is a significant boost to the Bad Lippspringe Twinning and to Newbridge town. The group from Bad Lippspringe included local singer Heike Bailey who performed on the reviewing stand and also at a function in McDonnell’s bar on the Friday night. The committee, through their chairperson, Claire Doyle would like to acknowledge the help and cooperation of the Town Council and Tidy Towns Committee for their assistance in the work regarding Bad Lippspringe Way.
Work is also completed on the Promotional DVD of the town which will be launched in early April.
- Willie Crowley