Vestibulum Semper Enim Non Eros
A decision emerged to proceed and in due course the twinning charter was signed. To celebrate the first visit of a Kinsale group the Langland Court Hotel, owned by Colin Birt, a leading representative of the local hoteliers, threw a memorable garden party attended by the Gwalia Singers and the colourful John de Courcy, aka Lord Kingsale (sic), who was known as the Premier Baron of Ireland.
During the heyday of the Swansea–Cork ferry and the short-lived air link the twinning relationship between Mumbles and Kinsale flourished but gradually fell away after Kinsale’s local council was absorbed into the county of Cork.
By then, however, a new partner had emerged from Brittany. This time the initiative came from Mumbles during 2003, although Hennebont was already looking for a partner in Wales. Agreement was soon reached and sealed by reciprocal charter-signing ceremonies in All Saints Church, Mumbles, on 28 May 2004 and subsequently, in May 2005, in Hennebont.
The Mumbles Twinning Association (MTA), as it was originally known, changed its name to the Twinning Association of Mumbles (TAM) in 2011 to get round a clash of local acronyms.
Grateful thanks to Jean Bunce, one of our honorary life members, for this information.
In 1992, following preliminary discussions in Kinsale involving Mumbles Community Councillor Peter Jones, a representative of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism telephoned Jean Bunce at the Mumbles Tourism Information Centre, where she was manager, to formally suggest a twinning link with Mumbles. A golfing connection between the two communities already existed. Jean took the idea to the Mumbles Chamber of Trade who made their support clear.
Links were established between Mumbles Community Council and Kinsale Urban District Council. A steering committee was set up to broaden the local support base for the initiative and to coordinate consultative visits between Mumbles and Kinsale. Extensive consultations and discussions took place in Mumbles. Numerous local organisations were keen to be involved, including the Vintage Vehicle Register, the local branch of the Royal British Legion, the Tourism Information Centre, the Langland Bay Golf Club, local hoteliers, the Chamber of Trade, the Yacht Club, rugby and football teams and the Mumbles section of the Women’s Institute.
THE TWINNING ASSOCIATION OF MUMBLES
TAM is a voluntary organisation committed to encouraging links of all kinds – cultural, educational, sporting etc – with our twin town in Brittany, Hennebont, a historic market town of some 15,000 people near the city of Lorient, with which Mumbles has been twinned since 2004. (There are currently no active links with Kinsale, Ireland, which was twinned with Mumbles in 1992.)
We are always looking out for new members: individuals, families, clubs or associations of all kinds. Subscriptions are very modest and members’ meetings are collaborative and informal. We welcome people of all ages, particularly families. Being a part of twinning is a wonderful way to improve language skills and share and understand a different culture and heritage.
It costs just £6 a year to join (children up to 16 free). Contact membership secretary Sarah Lever: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click here to go to the 'Contact us' page where there is a link to a membership form for you to download or print.
* With apologies to Stephen Hawking
Two original paintings from Kinsale presented to MTA serve as a happy memory of the former link between the two communities.
Róisín O’Shea, 1993
TWINNING ASSOCIATION OF MUMBLES (TAM)
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