Officials from Dublin, Ireland, and Dublin, Ohio, will formalize a Friendship City agreement at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 12:45 p.m., on the Dublin Irish Festival’s Scotts Miracle-Gro Dublin Stage.
Dublin, Ohio, Mayor Greg Peterson and Dublin, Ireland, Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha will sign the agreement on the stage during a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival.
“We are honored to welcome Lord Mayor Mac Donncha and solidify a relationship that has been more than 200 years in the making,” Peterson said.
The Friendship City agreement states the cities will participate in at least one exchange annually, in areas such as education, government, business or the arts.
Friendship City relationships are generally less formal than those between Sister Cities, but then have the potential to evolve, Dublin, Ohio, officials said.
Recent diplomatic engagements have resulted in strong relationships between the two governments, but the two cities have long been connected.
• In 1810, after surveying John Sells’ settlement, Irishman John Shields names the land Dublin after his birthplace of Dublin, Ireland, forever linking the two cities.
• In 1988, the two Dublins celebrate special birthdays: one year as a city for Dublin, Ohio, and 1,000 years for Dublin, Ireland. The 1/1,000 Committee was formed to celebrate the milestone. That committee later evolved into the Dublin Irish Celebration and finally, the Dublin Irish Festival.
• In 2013, former mayor and current City Councilman Tim Lecklider represented Dublin, Ohio, at a “Gathering of the Dublins” in Dublin, Ireland.
Upon his return, he suggested Dublin explore a formal cultural partnership with Dublin, Ireland.
• In 2015, Dublin, Ohio, officials forge the city’s first Friendship City agreement with Mashiko, Japan, and begin discussions about other cities and countries with which Dublin, Ohio should establish formal relationships.
• In 2016, then-Consul General of Ireland Orla McBreen attends Dublin, Ohio’s Dublin Irish Festival, and later Lord Mayor Brendan Carr meets with Dublin, Ohio, officials.
• In 2017, minister of Natural Resources Sean Kyne and current Consul General of Ireland Brian O’Brien attend Dublin, Ohio’s, St. Patrick’s Day celebration. O’Brien visited again to honor the Dublin Irish Festival during the Memorial Tournament.