Calderdale-Mayo Twin Link Society travelling for the “Gathering”

(From the left) Michael McDonnell, Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Coun John and Janet Hardy, Coun Cyril Burke and Calderdale town twinning officer Jo Eggleton
(From the left) Michael McDonnell, Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale Coun John and Janet Hardy, Coun Cyril Burke and Calderdale town twinning officer Jo Eggleton
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The Calderdale-Mayo Twin Link Society will enjoy a spectacular trip to the Emerald Isle to mark “The Gathering.”

That is a tourism initiative, supported by a year of special events and festivals, to encourage all those with Irish links to visit during 2013.

From June 15 to 21 tour organisers Enjoy Travel has lined up top class hotels with meals and entertaintment and, depending on numbers, a second group might visit in August.

There will be trips to well-known attractions in the West of Ireland including the Foxford Woollen Mills, Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s Holy Mountain), Aahill Island and Galway.

A reception will also be held by officials of Mayo County Council.

The Chairman of Mayo County Council Coun Cyril Burke recently visited Calderdale to launch “The Gathering” and extend the Irish greeting Cead Mile Failte which means “a hundred thousand welcomes.”

West Yorkshire and Calderdale in particular attracted thousands of Mayo people through the last century who came to find work.

Calderdale-Mayo Society chairman Mike McDonnell said Ireland wanted to re-connect to the Irish people living all over the world and those with second and third generation links.

“The idea is to get them back home and give them a welcome, and of course a welcome boost to the economy,” he said.

Mayo is renowned for its wild physical beauty, historical sites and colourful folklore.

In the background the society is involved with Calderdale Council and its twin-link committee.

And, the local authority has also developed links with Mayo County Council and the sharing of ideas which cover issues such as the environment, health and planning.

The visit in June costs £449 and anyone wanting further details can contact Enjoy Travel, of Blackburn, on 01254 504970 or www.enjoytravel.co.uk