Ann Gray, Joe Donnelly, Mayor Peter Cleere, Caroline Smith and Atieh Donnelly.
Mayor of Kilkenny Peter 'Chap' Cleere received an enthusiastic reception from the 500 or so people from all over Ireland and abroad who gathered at the Baha’i annual summer school at Kilkenny College last week.
The Baha’i community is celebrating 50 years of Baha’i summer schools in Ireland. Participants were delighted with the warm welcome to Kilkenny, and many overseas visitors who were very impressed with the city said they were determined to return next year.
The Mayor noted the theme of the school had a strong emphasis on integrating the arts into the life of the Baha’i community.
“Here in Kilkenny we value our heritage and celebrate diversity” he said.
“Kilkenny has a unique place in Irish history with its renowned architecture, authentic street-scapes and its reputation as a place where arts and crafts can flourish."
Mayor Cleere said that members of the Baha’i community had not been found wanting in becoming involved in the life of society, working with the community in Kilkenny and with diverse groups.
Two books were also presented to Loughboy Library during the week.