30th anniversary of twinning with Ballina is marked in Athis-Mons, by Michael O’Boyle
The 30th anniversary of the twinning of Ballina with the French town of Athis-Mons near Paris was marked by a solemn tribute to Private Stephen Kennedy, a Ballina man who was the first Allied soldier to die in the Great War and buried in the local WW1 cemetery.
The occasion was marked by the laying of wreaths by the Irish ambassador Niall Burgess, representatives from Ballina, Topher Neville, Noel Kelly, Mary Coughlan and Michael O’Boyle, Athis-Mons/Ballina twin town Association chair Christian Fages and the mayor of Athis-Mons Jean-Jacques Grousseau.
Athis-Mons also hosted the 14th annual DiViPassion short film festival where director Topher Neville did Ballina proud by winning the “Prix du Jumelage” for his film ‘Vintage ’98’, a humorous historic short filmed in Harrisons pub on Garden Street while Athis-Mons/Ballina Twin town Association chair Christian Fages showed “Festival des Français Ballina”, a short historical documentary in AI about General Humbert and the landing of the French in Killala in 1798.
You can read more about the town twinning between Ballina and Athis-Mons here.