Sister City Visits

The Summit will begin in every county on the Island with the local programme for their US Sister Cities and culminate in the Dublin Summit.

All Ireland’s connections with both the United States and the United Kingdom have been its most important set of global relations. These relations have helped build the economies and the societies of all three countries. In recent years the critical role of United States Administrations in the Peace Process has helped shape the Ireland of today. The United States is the largest single source of foreign investment into the island of Ireland.

Check out the US-Ireland twins below.

US Cities IRELAND  
Anderson, South Carolina

Antrim – Mid & East Antrim

In Irish, the county is called Aon troim, meaning Solitary place. Its spectacular Causeway Coast, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a stalwart of the Irish tourism industry.

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Annapolis, Maryland

Wexford

With a spectacular coastline, a wealth of historic sites and attractive towns and villages, it is little wonder that Wexford is a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike.

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Arlington, Massachusetts

Laois

The picturesque County of Laois located in the heart of the Midlands. Offering visitors excellent golf courses, horse riding and fishing. Laois is also blessed with two fine rivers, the River Nore and the River Barrow both providing excellent angling.

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Beaufort, North Carolina

Kerry

The ‘Kingdom’ of Kerry is a visitor’s paradise with much to see and do. With dramatic scenery and beautiful places to visit, Kerry is a magic place – click here to discover it for yourself.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Antrim – Belfast

The great city of Belfast blossomed from very humble beginning.  It started out as a small hamlet with fertile land along the mouth of the River Lagan. Soon, marauders and pirates realized that our lough was deep and our shores were safe from the north Atlantic storms. The perfect haven for repairing sea ravaged ships. From these early stages the industrious locals developed a boat building trade. And the rest is our history. Have a look at more information here and learn more about the city we’re so proud of.

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Boys Town, Nebraska

Ballymoe, Co. Galway

Ballymoe is a rural village in the east of County Galway. It is the birthplace of a famous man, Father Edward Flanagan, who left Ireland’s shore and went on to found the renowned Boys Town in Nebraska, USA.
The people of Ballymoe are delighted to have a sister city relationship with Boys Town, and there are strong personal and cultural links between our two communities. Ballymoe regularly welcomes visitors, to see the birthplace of Father Flanagan, to hear about his early life and about his life’s work in caring for neglected and vulnerable children.
Come visit us in Ballymoe! You will receive a warm friendly welcome.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

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Campbellsville, Kentucky

Donegal

Donegal is Ireland’s truly hidden gem. For the culturally curious, we invite you to come explore and marvel at the beauty of our landscape. A landscape that offers so much to so many. A landscape that is proud and imposing: The Highest Sea Cliffs in Europe. The best Waves on the West Coast. Beaches galore. Great hill-walking. Super Cycling. The list goes on.

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Cary, North Carolina

Meath

The Boyne Valley in Co. Meath is Ireland’s ancient capital and it’s most sacred and mythical landscape. County Meath is known as the Royal County going back to the Second Century AD when it was territory for the High Kings.

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Chandler, Arizona

 Offaly

Once known as the King’s County, Offaly is now better known for its links to the President of the United States, whose family come from Moneygall. Home to the ancient Christian monastic site at Clonmacnoise, Offaly is also known for  Tullamore Dew, the world-renowned whiskey.

With mountains, rivers, and stunning castles in Birr, Kinnity and Charleville to explore, let Offaly surprise you with its beauty and charm.

 Offaly Clonmacnoise
Chicago, Illinois

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

 Kylemore Abbey
Cleveland, Ohio

Mayo

Ireland’s third largest county, Mayo is extensive in its range of scenery, and breathtaking landscapes, as well as immense in its warm, welcoming hospitality to all visitors. This remote corner of Ireland with its Atlantic coastline, majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendour and natural beauty all its own. Find out more here

 Croagh Patrick
Clover, South Carolina

Antrim – Mid & East Antrim

In Irish, the county is called Aon troim, meaning Solitary place. Its spectacular Causeway Coast, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a stalwart of the Irish tourism industry.

 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Antrim
Concord, North Carolina

Kerry

The ‘Kingdom’ of Kerry is a visitor’s paradise with much to see and do. With dramatic scenery and beautiful places to visit, Kerry is a magic place – click here to discover it for yourself.

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Danville, Kentucky

Antrim – Mid & East Antrim

In Irish, the county is called Aon troim, meaning Solitary place. Its spectacular Causeway Coast, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a stalwart of the Irish tourism industry.

 Bushmills Distillery, Antrim
Dublin, California

Wicklow

From Mountains to Sea, Wicklow’s landscape is unique: cliffs, sandy beaches, rolling mountains, hidden lakes, bogs and friendly villages.  Wicklow is also called the Garden of Ireland.  See here for more information

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Donegal

Donegal is Ireland’s truly hidden gem. For the culturally curious, we invite you to come explore and marvel at the beauty of our landscape. A landscape that offers so much to so many. A landscape that is proud and imposing: The Highest Sea Cliffs in Europe. The best Waves on the West Coast. Beaches galore. Great hill-walking. Super Cycling. The list goes on.

 Donegal Errigal Mountain
Gilbert, Arizona

Antrim – Antrim & Newtownabbey

Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim located just north of Belfast City, is the tourist gateway for visitors from Belfast heading for the Glens of Antrim and the Causeway Coast. Situated on the shores of Belfast Lough, motorway access to the nearby ferry ports and airports makes Newtownabbey an ideal choice for visitors

 

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Hartford, Connecticut

Wexford

With a spectacular coastline, a wealth of historic sites and attractive towns and villages, it is little wonder that Wexford is a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike.

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La Grange, Georgia

Armagh

There are many special things to experience in Armagh ranging from the historically unique Navan Fort, stunning National Trust properties, unmatched Georgian architecture, two Saint Patricks Cathedrals, the amazing green space of the Mall and the chance to indulge in all manner of activities in a beautiful natural environment.

 St Patrick's Cathedral
Lexington, Kentucky

Kildare

Full of surprises, County Kildare will give you many excuses to linger and stay. A warm welcome awaits across the many memorable towns and villages. Unique Heritage, stunning scenery, quality accommodation, spectacular cuisine and a world class shopping experience are just some of the attractions that await.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

 Galway Golf
Morehead, Kentucky

Antrim – Mid & East Antrim

In Irish, the county is called Aon troim, meaning Solitary place. Its spectacular Causeway Coast, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a stalwart of the Irish tourism industry.

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Morgan Hill, California

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

 Galway roundstone
Nashville, Tennessee

Antrim – Belfast

Belfast is packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Have a look at more information here and learn more about the city we’re so proud of.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey

Limerick

Limerick is a place full of surprises! We are Ireland’s third largest city, but also a friendly and welcoming destination; a cultural hotbed with a rich tradition of literature, arts and music.

Find more information here

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Niles, Illinois

Kildare

Full of surprises, County Kildare will give you many excuses to linger and stay. A warm welcome awaits across the many memorable towns and villages. Unique Heritage, stunning scenery, quality accommodation, spectacular cuisine and a world class shopping experience are just some of the attractions that await.

 Sallins Grand Canal Barge
Omaha, Nebraska

Kildare

Full of surprises, County Kildare will give you many excuses to linger and stay. A warm welcome awaits across the many memorable towns and villages. Unique Heritage, stunning scenery, quality accommodation, spectacular cuisine and a world class shopping experience are just some of the attractions that await.

 The Curragh
Peoria, Arizona

Down – Ards & North Down

North Down’s biggest draw is 16 miles of unspoilt coastline, which runs from Belfast’s eastern edge at Holywood, through Bangor to Portavoe just past the quaint village of Groomsport.

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Peoria, Illinois

Tipperary

County Tipperary is an escape and an experience all at once. Paying a visit to one of Ireland’s most famous regions, you’ll be assured of a big welcome and a chance to experience the best that Ireland has to offer.

Unexplored walking trails are just miles from the world famous historical monuments and castles. You can take in our walled towns – Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Clonmel. Nenagh, Thurles and Fethard – or immerse yourself in the mythology and history of our glens and vales.

 Cahir Castle
Phoenix, Arizona

Clare

Clare offers the best in music, culture and scenery. It is a county of great natural beauty and wonderful landscapes. It has a rich heritage tradition with some of the finest monuments, buildings and waterways. Clare is also the traditional music capital of Ireland, with year round music festivals and trad sessions throughout the county.

 The Burren
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Mayo

Ireland’s third largest county, Mayo is extensive in its range of scenery, and breathtaking landscapes, as well as immense in its warm, welcoming hospitality to all visitors. This remote corner of Ireland with its Atlantic coastline, majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendour and natural beauty all its own. Find out more here

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Antrim – Mid & East Antrim

In Irish, the county is called Aon troim, meaning Solitary place. Its spectacular Causeway Coast, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a stalwart of the Irish tourism industry.

 Crumlin Road Gaol, Antrim
Rochester, New York

Waterford

Revel in the refreshing beauty of Waterford with a relaxing break. A visit to this county could literally take you anywhere – from browsing the shops and markets of Waterford City, to learning Irish in the Ring Gaeltacht.

The city offers plenty of  shopping options, with loads of cosy pubs to rest your weary feet in afterwards. For those with adventures on their minds, the Comeragh Mountains offer a fantastic location for cycling, climbing and hiking.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Tipperary

County Tipperary is an escape and an experience all at once. Paying a visit to one of Ireland’s most famous regions, you’ll be assured of a big welcome and a chance to experience the best that Ireland has to offer.

Unexplored walking trails are just miles from the world famous historical monuments and castles. You can take in our walled towns – Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Clonmel. Nenagh, Thurles and Fethard – or immerse yourself in the mythology and history of our glens and vales.

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San Francisco, California

Cork City

Exciting, historical, full of life, Cork City has it all. As one of the main cultural hubs of Ireland, the Rebel city is brimming with fascinating and exciting experiences.

Find more information on Cork here

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San Jose, California

Dublin City

Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before 1800. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State in 1922.

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Santa Barbara, California

Kerry

The ‘Kingdom’ of Kerry is a visitor’s paradise with much to see and do. With dramatic scenery and beautiful places to visit, Kerry is a magic place – click here to discover it for yourself.

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Seattle, Washington

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

 Galway JFK
Southern Pines, North Carolina

Newry, Mourne & Down District Council

Newry, Mourne and Down located in the South East of Northern Ireland is renowned for its three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ring of Gullion, Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough. Home to Royal County Down along with many other stunning courses Newry, Mourne and Down is an excellent location for golf. With stunning panoramas, outstanding built heritage, vibrant towns & cities, not to mention the friendly people.  The mountains, loughs and beautiful beaches are only the beginning.

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Sparks, Nevada

Longford

County Longford, home of the Legend ‘The Wooing of Étain’, is a place of magic, myth and mystery. Steeped in ancient Irish mythology, Longford has several important and impressive heritage sites as well as a wealth of literary and musical tradition.

 Longford Camlin River
Spokane, Washington

Limerick

Limerick has hundreds of historical monuments, especially romantic castle ruins, dotted about its landscape.

Find more information here

 

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St. Louis, Missouri

Galway

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre.  Heading west, the villages of Connemara stretch out like a colourful road map of communities. For further information click here

 Galway NUI
Tallahassee, Florida

Sligo

Sligo, capital of the Northwest region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns. Sligo offers a unique destination with the dramatic backdrop of Benbulben, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands, with unsurpassed leisure activities and state-of-the-art business facilities, few places can compete as a destination for leisure or business.

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Tempe, Arizona

Carlow

With mountains, glorious countryside and river valleys all close at hand, County Carlow is worth discovering and exploring. Against a beautiful landscape visitors to Carlow in Ireland’s sunny south-east will uncover a great holiday experience exhilarating outdoor adventure, traditional rural life, vibrant shopping and a rich cultural heritage.

More information on Carlow here.

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Tinley Park, Illinois

Cork

Cork County is the largest County in Ireland and it offers visitors a wonderful selection of landscapes. From sandy beaches and rugged coastlines, to peaceful lakes, beautiful mountains and quiet countryside, you will find it all here.

More information on Cork here.

 Mizen Head
Tucson, Arizona

Roscommon

Escape to idyllic Roscommon for a relaxing or adventure filled holiday. With Lough Key in the north of the county and beautiful landscape throughout, you will find activities on land and water to get your adrenaline pumping, or a slice of tranquillity to soothe your soul. Take the time to explore this corner of Connaught.

 Elphin Windmill
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Down – Ards & North Down

North Down’s biggest draw is 16 miles of unspoilt coastline, which runs from Belfast’s eastern edge at Holywood, through Bangor to Portavoe just past the quaint village of Groomsport.

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Waterford, Connecticut

Waterford

Revel in the refreshing beauty of Waterford with a relaxing break. A visit to this county could literally take you anywhere – from browsing the shops and markets of Waterford City, to learning Irish in the Ring Gaeltacht.

The city offers plenty of  shopping options, with loads of cosy pubs to rest your weary feet in afterwards. For those with adventures on their minds, the Comeragh Mountains offer a fantastic location for cycling, climbing and hiking.

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