ICC Welcomes Dignitaries on Big E Dingle Showcase Opening Weekend

The ICC was honored to welcome members of the Kerry County Council to a Mingle with Dingle reception on September 15, 2023, while they were here to meet with local leaders and to tour the Dingle Peninsula Pavilion at the Big E on opening weekend. We continue to nurture the close ties between Kerry and the Springfield, MA area.

The visiting representatives were:
• Councillor Bobby O’Connell – Chairperson of Castleisland, Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District
• Councillor Johnnie Wall – Mayor of Tralee Municipal District and Vice Chairperson of Kerry County Council
• Councillor Brendán Fitzgerald – County Councillor for Castleisland, Corca Dhuibhne
• Christy O’Connor – Director of Corporate Services, Kerry County Council and Dingle Municipal District Manager

Dingle Distillery also provided a tasting of their whiskey, vodka and gin.

Kerry County Council
L to R: Councillor Brendán Fitzgerald, Christy O’Connor, ICC President Sean Cahillane, Councillor Bobby O’Connell, Councillor Johnnie Wall.

Vendors, and businesses from Dingle, Ireland, are showcasing their art, crafts and products in the Dingle Peninsula Pavilion at The Big E.

Big E Dingle Pavilion

ICC President Sean Cahillane welcomed Síghle Fitzgerald (Consul General of Ireland Boston) and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan (Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media) on a tour of the area and a visit to the ICC on September 17, 2023.

Consul General Fitzgerald and Minister O'Donovan

West Springfield’s Sister City Committee welcomed representatives from sister city Valdarno, Italy this past weekend to the ICC for a wine tasting. The wines and olive oil were all from the Tuscany region specific to Valdarno.

Wine Tasting with Sister City
L to R: ICC President Sean Cahillane, ICC General Manager Michael Ratte, West Springfield Schools Superintendent Stefania Raschilla, West Springfield Sister City Chair Edward Sullivan, Honorary Consul General for the Italian Consulate in Springfield Paul Picknelly, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt, Valdarno Mayor Nicola Benini, Alessandra Ferrati of the Strada del Vino Terre de Arezzo, bNapoli owner Gennaro Moccia.