A SIXTY strong group from Charleston, South Carolina are to get a special welcome in Kilkenny on Tuesday next at the end of a ten-day tour of Ireland.
The US visitors are being led by well-known local television personality Rob Fowler and his wife Cara, and they will meet the Mayor of Kilkenny and the Chairman of the County Council at a morning reception in City Hall.
They will be renewing a friendship between Kilkenny and Charleston that began when a delegation from the county went to the southern US city in 2009 to celebrate the connection of Cuffesgrange-born James Hoban, who lived there for five years before going on to Washington DC to design and build its major public buildings, including The White House.
Then Council chairman Councillor Tomás Breathnach and Director of Services Philip O’Neill led the 2009 delegation, attending a number of high profile gatherings, including the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, at which Cllr. Breathnach was Grand Marshal. Dr. Maire Downey of Kilkenny Archaeological Society completed the local representation. The Kilkenny group met a Charleston County delegation led by then and current chairman Teddie E. Pryor and toured the city.
The group will also visit Kilkenny Castle and spend some personal time in the city, where Rob will be paying unusual attention to the climate – he is the popular weatherman on WCBD Channel 2.
The group has been organised by Holiday Vacations, a Wisconsin-based operator who offer eight ‘Enchanting Ireland’ tours each year. They already have an ongoing Kilkenny connection – Urlingford-basd Pierce Kavanagh Coaches are their transportation providers.