Irish city celebrates 25 years twinning with Peoria

Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2023 at 3:15 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Back in 1998, the City of Peoria started a friendship with a new sister city in Ireland.

Clonmel is the city, and its leaders celebrated a 25-year-long partnership with Peoria.

Mayor Rita Ali welcomed several city leaders Wednesday afternoon.

Some activities both cities work on together include trivia at Jimmy’s bar in West Peoria and a book club between the two libraries, halfway around the world.

Clonmel’s mayor said the connection does have benefits.

“From a tourism point of view, it’s a great thing because so many Peorians come over to Ireland, and they travel down to us in Clonmel, simply because we’re twins with Peoria,” said Mayor Richie Molloy. “That’s meant a lot to the local economy.”

The celebration continued at Jimmy’s Bar on Wednesday evening.