Residents of Barrington experienced the ‘luck of the Irish’ with the opportunity to meet the mayor of Killarney, Ireland.
To welcome Killarney’s Lord Mayor Niall Kelleher, Barrington Village President, Karen Darch has named March 15 Killarney Day in Barrington and proclaimed Killarney Barrington’s “Sister City”.
Niall Kelleher is the cousin of Barrington’s own Andrew Kelleher of Kelleher & Buckley, LLC. This relationship planted the seed for bringing the two cities together.
Killarney Day began with a mass at St. Anne’s Church and a tour of the school. After mass President Darch showed Kelleher around Barrington, ending at a reception at the Barrington White House. Kelleher was presented with the 'keys to the city' as Killarney was announced as Barrington’s “sister city”.
Darch also proclaims March 15 to be known as Killarney Day in Barrington. Immediately following the reception there was a meet-and-greet with both mayors at McGonigal’s Pub open to the public. Members of the community were encouraged to wear green and come to the celebration.
McGonigal’s hosted two Irish whiskey tastings to celebrate and performers from the Hogan Irish Dance Company performed.
Killarney is one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland and home to Killarney National Park situated at the base of Ireland’s tallest mountain range. Killarney is also home to such tourist spots as Ross Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Torc Waterfall.