European Charter visit to Portugal

Cashel delegates at the recent Charter Town Meeting in Portugal. Front L/R. Jimmy O'Neill, Laura Rice Teresa Coleman, Lisa Anglim, Sr. Mary Walsh. Back L/R. Richard Long, Niall Gregory, Peter Whelan, Robert Clancy, Maeve Doyle, Eddie Bennett.
Cashel delegates attended the recent Charter of European Rural Communities meeting in Portugal.

Cashel delegates attended the recent Charter of European Rural Communities meeting in Portugal.

The meeting, in the town of Samuel, saw delegates from 28 countries engage in the first of a two year programme on actions tackling climate change in small rural communities.

Cllr. Eddie Bennett, Jimmy O’Neil, Peter Whelan, Richard Long, Sr. Mary Walsh, Teresa Coleman, Maeve Doyle, Laura Rice, Lisa Anglim and Niall Gregory represented Cashel.

As well as visiting industries which focus on sustainable environmental production, Cashel’s Delegation actively participated in the conference. Delegates stayed in the homes of local families and visited sites of cultural heritage such as the beautiful medieval university town of Coimbra. At a Culinary Evening delegates sampled meats from O’Dwyer Butchers, Cashel Blue Cheese, pork and salmon from Peter Whelan, scones by Richard Long and breads by Fintan Rice. Lisa gave a reading in Irish and Cllr Bennett presented Rossa Pottery from the people of Cashel to the Mayor of Samuel.