Roscommon Chartrettes Twinning was established in 1998 by the former Chairman of Roscommon County Council, Councillor Tom Foxe. It came about through the contact of Maurice Buckley, of System Label GmBH, formerly of Racecourse Road, Roscommon, who lived for a short time in Chartrettes with his wife Mary while working there. The twinning Charter was signed by Cathaoirleach Michael McGreal and County Manager Eddie Sheehy
The current Irish committee
The current Irish Committe comprises of Secretary, Ms Nicola Kelly, Chairperson, Ms Emma Shanley, Treasurer, Mr Bill Cunningham, and PRO is Mr John Earley. This committee was established in February 2012.
The current French committee
The current French Committee is comprised of Madame Dominique Lieutaud-Porret (Vice Chairperson), Madame Paola Ramirez-Launay (Chairperson), Monsieur Christian Mainguy (Treasurer). This committee was established in January 2012.
The Twinning has enabled many exchanges of young people and adults between both towns. The last visit of Roscommon adults to Chartrettes took place in 2008. In June 2012, 6 CBS students traveled to Chartrettes and stayed with host families. In November 2012, a group of 8 teenagers plus one adult traveled from Chartrettes to Roscommon to take part in an exchange with Roscommon Community College, where Emma Shanley is a French teacher. The young French people enjoyed integrating themselves in authentic Irish households, and they visited Boda Borg in Boyle and they viewed The Book of Kells in Dublin.
The twinning Committee is constantly looking for volunteers or people who are interested in hosting French people in the future.
The attached photos are of the exchange which took place in November 2012. Some French boys and girls came to Roscommon Community College for five days as part of their exchange. They stayed with Irish host families and really enjoyed themselves. They visited Boda Borg in Boyle and Galway and Galway City Museum.
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