1. West Springfield has new twin sister in Ireland

    West Springfield has new twin sister in Ireland

    West Springfield Mayor William C. Reichelt has signed a "memorandum of understanding" with the Kerry County Council to form a sister city agreement with Dingle, a tiny town in southwest Ireland. "Myself and a contingent from (West Springfield) are heading back today from Ireland, where we signed a sister city agreement with Dingle, Ireland," Reichelt told The Republican early Tuesday morning.  The goal is to build cultural bridges by expanding opportunities between the communities, according to the mayor.

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    1. Myself and a contingent from (West Springfield) are heading back today from Ireland, where we signed a sister city agreement with Dingle, Ireland.
    2. Twenty percent of the population of West Springfield is of Irish descent.
    3. We selected Ireland and Dingle for a number of reasons.
    4. In many ways, today's signing is the culmination of many years of a very strong bond and relationship between the people of west Kerry and the people of West Springfield.
    5. With the help of Brian and Mairead de Staic, we hope to expand this merchant connection more permanently on both sides of the pond.
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