Course details: 
 What image does ‘town twinning’ conjure up for you? In recent years, and particularly since the recession, twinning in Ireland has been less of a priority for many towns, sometimes even considered as unnecessary travel during straightened times.

Community Engagement

As Irish society becomes increasingly diverse, partnering with European towns can achieve immense intercultural learning and positive community-based outcomes. Twinning between Ireland and newer member states like Poland, for example, can bring new communities together, while existing partners from France and Germany can build on long-held friendships.


Europe for Citizens is an EU programme that celebrates the diversity of Europe and its citizens. The 2014-2020 programme offers grants of up to €25,000 to fund town twinning projects involving two or more towns across the EU. Over the years, Irish town twinning associations have been awarded grants ranging from €5000 to €10,000.

Attendees at this event will leave with:

  • Funding: Information on grants available under the ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’ for town twinning and networks of towns

  • Case Studies: Stories of success from lively town twinning projects in Ireland – an overview of successfull projects and how the community gets involved, plus their applications for funding

  • Partner Search: Tips on how to find twinning partners from around Europe. 

Date / time:  28 Mar 2017 – 2:00pm4:00pm
Venue: The Malton, Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Price details: This is a free event for staff from local authorities, town twinning committees, community and voluntary groups and volunteers, but registration is essential.
This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.