March 10, 2022 - On March 8, 2022, Tampa Sister Cities returned to Four Green Fields to host its 2nd annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. The organization's last held its annual March event in 2020, and it was the last live event the organization was able to have before the COVID pandemic.
Over 50 people attended the event celebrating our sister city South Dublin, Ireland. Traditional Irish dancers entertained attendees from the Gilleoghan Irish dance company. In addition, Sean Young, a local musician, performed Irish music.
Mr. Colin Breen, the owner of Four Green Fields, is the Tampa-South Dublin Sister City Affiliate Committee co-director. Additionally, as Four Green Fields is America's only authentic thatched roof Irish Pub, the pub was the ideal location to host a celebration of our relationship with South Dublin.
The Tampa-South Dublin Sister Cities Affiliate Committee director, Colleen Grace Herlihy said, "I was thrilled to be a part of the first live event Tampa Sister Cities had after a two-year hiatus. And what an event it was! Watching Tampa's Gilleoghan Irish Dancers perform right before heading off to Belfast for the World Irish Dancing Championships was a real treat! And, of course, Sean Young never fails to rouse a crowd. Tampa Sister Cities knows how to throw a party!"
Tampa Sister Cities was established in 1966 and promoted cultural exchanges through events, dinners, and trips to Sister Cities worldwide. Tampa Sister Cities also hosts visiting delegations from Tampa's Sister Cities.
"I was thrilled that Tampa Bay Sister Cities was able to start hosting live events again. Tampa Sister Cities has always been about making connections and sharing cultural experiences. So the fact that one of our first live events after the pandemic was at the last place we held an event before the COVID outbreak seems fitting." said Alfred Goldberg, Tampa Sister Cities President.
About Tampa Sister Cities
Tampa's Sister City programs operate as non-profit, independent organizations and heavily depend on voluntary support and contributions. During the 1960s, citizens and government officials recognized the importance of developing closer international relations, and the search for a Sister City began. The success of this program prompted the development of other goodwill sister relations. To the present date, Tampa has formed eleven Sister City relationships. If you are interested in joining Tampa Sister Cities or would like to volunteer, please visit us here.