An official delegation of 14 people from Newbridge journeyed to Ocala, Florida last week for a week long visit.
The trip was designated to foster cultural, educational, sporting and economic opportunities for both communities.
“Newbridge and Ocala twinned in 2008,” said Evan Arkwright of the Twining Committee.
“Ocala, situated in the Marion County of Florida, is known as the horse capital of the world but I am sure the people of Newbridge and Kildare County would dispute this..”
Among the delegation were Helen O’Sullivan representing the equestrian industry, Eilis Quinlan representing County Kildare Chamber and Economic Partnership, Rose O’Loughlin owner of the Keadeen Hotel and local businessman Nathan McIntyre together with Newbridge mayor Mick Deely, Councillor Murty Aspell, who Chairs the twinning committee, and Councillor Damian Molyneaux.
Meanwhile on March 13 next 21 people from Ocala will make a trip here for St Patrick’s Day.
“They will stay in local hotels, B&B’s, dine in local restaurants and visit many of our amenities. An exchange programme for young people working in the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry has already proved to be successful,” he added.