Close to twinning with Malbork

Kilkenny City has moved another step closer to a twinning arrangement with the town of Malbork in Poland.

Exploring the possibility of twinning was proposed by Cllr Andrew McGuinness when he was Mayor of Kilkenny last year, and seconded by now-mayor Joe Malone. Cllr McGuinness has met the Polish Ambassador Ryszard Sarkowicz in recent times, with whom he has discussed the matter.

“It seems to me that they want to enter a process where we find mutual ground, and we have a lot in common,” said Cllr McGuinness.

“If we can set up now a committee to research and explore that idea, and bring in some people from outside politics to be involved as well.”

The Fianna Fail councillor also revealed that someone who used to work for the tourist board in Malbork is currently residing in Kilkenny, whose knowledge could prove valuable.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan said he supported the proposal to set up a committee.

“It has to be done in a way that involves the wider community,” he said.

“We need to keep the exchanges going – they have an economic benefit, but also a social and cultural benefit. This could start a whole new catalyst about how we approach twinnings.

The members agreed to establish a committee.