Each year, as part of their St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrations in the City of Brussels, The Irish in Europe Association gives special attention to the promotion of a town, city or county in Ireland. Cork County Council is delighted to be involved for 2020, as the town of Fermoy is chosen to be this year’s partner town.
As part of the celebration, it is customary that a bowl of shamrock is presented to the City of Brussels. Cork County Council is proud to sponsor this year’s presentation which will be made by Cllr. Frank O' Flynn, Chair of the Fermoy Municipal District, at the parade in Brussels on Sunday 15th March.
The Irish in Europe Association have chosen the theme ''Remembering the Irish Contribution to Peace, Democracy & to The Liberation of Europe'' for their 2020 celebration, as they mark the 75th anniversary to the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe.
Fermoy was nominated as the 2020 partner town, in recognition of the biggest sacrifice of any Irish born family in Ireland. The Sheehan brothers Harry, Frank and Edward fought for the Royal Canadian Air Force and were killed during the Second World War. Michael & Thomas Sheehan fought with the Canadian Army and Navy survived.
The Shamrock Bowl, sponsored by Cork County Council and created by local craftsperson Suzanne O’ Sullivan depicts the five Sheehan brothers by encompassing five lines in its design, woven from the same fabric, sharing the threads of family, childhood, emigration, war and honour. The organic wave shape is inspired by Fermoy and the beautiful Blackwater Valley with its rolling hills and flowing river. Suzanne is part of the Blackwater Valley Makers Group, which brings together the very best of unique and excellent craft and art work from the Fermoy and surrounding Blackwater hinterland.
Cllr. Frank O' Flynn, Chair of the Fermoy Municipal District, commented
“It is a great privilege to represent Fermoy in making this presentation from Cork County Council to the City of Brussels, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and our strong culture and traditions. This collaboration will highlight the diverse economic and tourism potential of Fermoy and the surrounding Blackwater Valley area.”
The Irish in Europe Association will promote Fermoy throughout 2020, as part of their cultural exchange programme between Ireland and Europe.