Ballyshannon has been twinned with Grenay in France since 2006.
In this time we have exchanged a number of visits through the Town Council including rugby, the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Festival and the Slainte Festival in the Nord Pas de Calais region in France, students from Grenay also visit on an annual basis and in 2014 we hosted the Grenay Brass and Reed Band over the Easter weekend.
After the Town Council was abolished in 2014, a local community group agreed to retain the twinning on a voluntary basis and have formed the Ballyshannon Town Twinning Association.
The Chairperson of the Twinning Association is former Mayor of Ballyshannon, John Meehan. In late 2015, the Mayor of Grenay, Christian Champaire extended an invitation to us to take part in an International Football Tournament in June 2016 to mark the fact that the Euros are taking part at that time.
The Town Twinning Association in Ballyshannon in consultation with the local soccer club, Erne Wanderers were delighted at the opportunity to take out the Under 14 Boys to compete in the ‘Mini Euro’s’ in Grenay in France. "This will be a fantastic experience for these boys, one which they will never forget and we are delighted as a Town Twinning Association to facilitate this trip," stated Mr. Meehan.
In total 10 teams are taking part from France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Ballyshannon representing Ireland. The tournament will take place on a pool basis over the 18th and 19th June in Grenay.
Erne Wanderers and the Ballyshannon Town Twinning Association wish to thank all those who gave sponsorship towards their trip to France and are looking forward to representing Ireland in this Mini Euro competition in France.