New Herbert Park Diaspora Trail announced to mark 25th anniversary of San Jose twinning

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Dublin City Council has announced a new Diaspora Trail which is to open in Herbert Park, Dublin 4 in 2012. The trail will celebrate Ireland’s links through its people with the wider world. It will use technology to help visitors explore Ireland’s worldwide contribution to politics, business, science, education and society.

Dublin City Council made the announcement as it welcomed a delegation from its twin city San Jose. The delegation arrived today 6th October and is here to mark the 25th anniversary of Dublin’s twinning with San Jose.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague welcomed the announcement of the Trail and the 25th anniversary of the twinning with San Jose. He said “The flame of friendship has been kept alive over the years in large measure because the commitment to Ireland by the Irish- American Diaspora. There are 70 million people who claim Irish blood throughout the world. This week we focus on innovation, technology and on those who have attained leadership roles in the world. But we also must pay tribute to the workers, artists, parents, teachers and people who have built new lives in the four corners of the earth. It is they who carry the torch for Ireland and who keep the flame of the Irish connection burning brightly”. The Lord Mayor called on those of Irish origin to consider visiting Ireland over the next few years.

The cities of San Jose, California, and Dublin were formally joined as twin cities in 1985. This relationship celebrates its silver jubilee in 2011. In the 25 years that have passed the benefits to both cities and to Ireland and the USA have been substantial. The links between business, education and city councils in the two cities have contributed considerably to economic activity and investment on both sides of the Atlantic. Those links are being celebrated this week by the visit of the San Jose- Dublin twin City Committee to Dublin.

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The San Jose Delegation is led by San Jose Council member Nancy Pyle. The delegation will meet Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at 3pm today Thursday 6th October. The delegation will visit the National Library’s exhibition ‘Yeats: The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats’.

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