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Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson led a historic delegation visit to Ennis, Ireland to commemorate over 25 years of sister city relations. The March 13 – 22, 2013 visit to Ennis featured the participation of St. Mary’s High School Band. Accompanying the delegation was Executive Director Paula West and Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee Chair Mary Hill Connor.
The visit was kicked off with a business and tourism forum coordinated by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce which attracted a large audience of business and tourism representatives. Councilman Michael Johnson gave a presentation on the downtown development of Phoenix and introduced a short tourism promotion video that was well received.
An opening 25th anniversary reception and dinner was held at the Waterpark House and was hosted by Ennis Mayor Peter Considine and Ennis Town Councillor Mary Howard. In his remarks, Councilman Johnson stressed the vital contributions made by the Irish community in Phoenix and thanked our Ennis friends for the warm reception and their continued friendship and support. Both Councilman Johnson and Mayor Considine made a point of acknowledging the participation of the St. Mary’s High School Band and its director Carol Melis.
The St. Mary’s High School Band performed at numerous locations during the visit, but the most memorable performance was the band’s participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Marching through the winding streets of Ennis was a thrilling experience as the entire town turned out to observe the parade. People lined the narrow streets as many as six rows deep and cheered the band’s participation. A poignant moment came as the band passed the reviewing stand and were warmly greeted by the town’s leaders and an applauding Councilman Michael Johnson!
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On Saturday, November 10, the 5K Run and Family Walk occurred, benefiting the nine Phoenix Sister Cities City Committees, the Disabilities Awareness Program and the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP), as well as St. Mary's High School Band, which will be traveling to Ennis, Ireland, to play in their St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Disabilities Awareness Program creates intercommunity programs to bring awareness of people with disabilities and coordinates an annual international artist competition for people with disabilities. The Youth Ambassador Exchange Program provides funds for annual cultural exchanges for high school students between Phoenix and its sister cities.