Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Taylor welcomed the Indian Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Ambassador Mishra to County Hall on Tuesday. The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife Reeti.
Cathaoirleach welcomes Indian Ambassador to County Hall
Also in attendance were Chief Executive Martin Lydon, Councillors Marie Casserly and Tom Fox, and Aidan Doyle, Chief Executive Sligo Chamber. Among the issues discussed were the development of multi-sectoral ties and Sligo’s exciting potential in terms of local enterprise and tourism.
The Cathaoirleach said ‘It is an honour to welcome His Excellency Ambassador Mishra and his wife Reeti to our offices today, and I hope you enjoy your time in Sligo and find time to visit some of our many attractions.
Only a few decades ago, Ireland could have been considered a relatively insular society with only modest engagement with other countries. Ireland is now a proudly multicultural community, one that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity. This national transition is reflected at local level, with Sligo enriched with people from various backgrounds and cultures.
In this context, the Sligo Indian Association is an active, vibrant and valued presence in our community. One of the outstanding civic highlights of Sligo County Council in recent years centered on our partnership with the Sligo Indian community in celebrating the life and works of the great Indian poet Tagore, as we unveiled a bust which was a very generous gesture from the Indian Government as part of the Yeats 150 celebrations. That evening in City Hall was a memorable and colourful pageant of music, readings, a vibrant reflection on the beauty of Indian culture and Heritage. It was an evening to enjoy and cherish.
Front Row: Reeti Mishra; His Excellency Ambassador Mishra; Cathaoirleach Councillor Paul Taylor; Martin Lydon, Chief Executive
The Mission Statement of the Association articulates an ambition to promote your culture and traditions, in an open and inclusive manner. Both individually and collectively, Association members have made an active and positive contribution to the wider Sligo community. By embracing and promoting cultural diversity, we enhance our community; By learning and appreciating history, traditions, folklore and literature of people from all over the world who have made Sligo their home, we enrich the lives of all our citizens.
This celebration of Indian culture, and the various events throughout the year, all serve to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Indian community. The Ambassador’s presence here today is a significant milestone in the development of our friendship, and our hope is that this special association will grow and prosper in the years ahead.