City of Santa Clara’s Newest Sister City, Limerick Ireland
In August 2014, delegates from Limerick, Ireland visited Santa Clara to formulize its new Sister City relationship. The new affiliation was announced at the Sister Cities International Conference held in San Jose, where Kevin Sheahan, the Cathaoirleach (presiding officer) of Limerick City and County Council, and Jamie Matthews, Santa Clara’s Mayor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The purpose of the relationship is to increase economic development, cultural exchanges, educational opportunities, technical exchanges for both cities, and to increase awareness of both cities as being centers for education, innovation and business development. Both cities are committed to mutual support organizing and developing the experiences, common activities, and future programs of the Sister City relationship.
Limerick City is located in the mid-west region of Ireland and its metropolitan area has a population of 107,161. It is a main tourist destination and in 2014 was named Ireland’s first National City of Culture.
Santa Clara also has Sister City relationships with Coimbra, Portugal and Izumo, Japan. For more information on Santa Clara Sister Cities Association, visit the City's website at santaclaraca.gov or call the City Manager’s Office at (408) 615-2210.
Pictured left to right: Raj Chahal; Julie Matthews; former Secretary of Transportation, Norm Mineta; Kathy Watanabe; President of ITLG, John Hartnett; Santa Clara Councilmember Teresa O'Neill; Barry O'Sullivan; Marie O'Flaherty; Santa Clara Councilmember Debi Davis; Irish Consul General, Philip Grant; Director of Limerick City Services, Kieran Lehane; Caroline Sheahan; Sister Cities International President, Mary Kane; and Congressman Mike Honda. In front are the history-making mayors: City of Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan