A VISIT was paid to the County Council chambers recently by Thomas and Denise Eivers of New York, a visit facilitated by Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Maurice Shortall joined by Cllrs John Brennan and Martin Brett.
Thomas Eivers has Kilkenny connections in that his late mother, Mary Harding, left her native Crutt, Clogh as a 16-year-old. Although she never got the opportunity to return home, her son Thomas is a regular visitor to the land of his roots.
Mr Eivers is now retired but has numerous influential contacts from his time working in the financial services in the US.
Cllr Shortall availed of the opportunity to brief the visitors on the Connect Ireland initiative that is urging people around the world with Irish connections to expand their businesses here, and the possible economic benefits that could accrue locally in North East Kilkenny.
Entertainment was also part of the agenda, and no better man for the craic than poet/ bard extraordinaire Willie Joe Meally of Kilpatrick, Crutt, Clogh.