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Twinning Kilkenny City Ireland with Kilkenny City Minnesota

Signing of Twinning Agreement between Kilkenny and Kilkenny

Mayor Kevin Taaffe Jr. signing the twinning charter with Mayor Seán Ó hArgáin 

Twinning Agreement Kilkenny MN 

Twinning Charter in English

Twinning Agreement Kilkenny MN Kilkenn Irl Irish Version

Twinning Charter in Irish

Reciting the Twinning Charter in Irish
Mayor Martin Brett of Kilkenny Ireland reciting the Twinning Charter in Irish

Mayor Ta
Kilkenny Mayor Taaffe and Kilkenny Mayor Brett in front of Water Tower, Kilkenny Minnesota, USA.

Presentation of Kilkenny Fire and Rescue to Fireman from Kilkenny Minnesota

Mayor Martin Brett presents a Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Sporting Shirt to a Fireman from Kilkenny Minnesota.

Mayor Brett inside St Canices Church, Kilkenny Minnesota
Inside St Canice's Church, Kilkenny Minnesota.

 St Cancies Church, Kilkenny Minnesota

Outside of St Canice's Church, Kilkenny Minnesota.

Text of Article as it Appeared in The Kilkenny People March 15th 2013

Paulstown migrants in Kilkenny, Minnesota

In the week that the Mayor of Kilkenny, Minnesota visits Kilkenny, Mary Flood of Kilkenny Family History, Rothe House looks at the first immigrants from Kilkenny, Ireland to Kilkenny, USA

THIS is the story of two local men from the parish of Paulstown Patrick Shortall and Daniel Walsh who emigrated to Le Sueur county, Minnesota. Both men married Kilkenny girls.

Then there was Dennis Doyle another Kilkenny man who reputedly taught Bishop Ireland in Kilkenny.Dennis Doyle had the first store in Kilkenny, and when the post office and railway came to the area he managed to have the settlement named Kilkenny due to the high incidence of Kilkennymen who had settled there.

Mary Shortall's great great grandfather was Patrick Shortall who originated from Courleigh, Paulstown, Co. Kikenny. He emigrated to the US with his brothers, settled in what became the Kilkenny township of Minnesota. He married Mary Tierney also from Kilkenny. His brother Martin was the only male of the family to remain in Ireland and worked the family farmat Courleigh.

Thus Mary and her family are connected with John Shortall, a descendant, and his family who moved out of Paulstown parish to Graignamanagh some years ago. Patrick and Martin's sister Mary Shortall married Pat Dawson and it is through this marriage that the family are connected with Michael Shortall and his family from Kellymount.

Mary currently lives in Oregon, while she has siblings in various parts of the U.S. The Shortall and Walsh families were pioneers in this land later settled by the influence of Bishop John Ireland whose origins were also from Kilkenny.

Mary and her husband Kenneth visited Kilkenny in 2010 arriving in Paulstown to search the old cemetery for Shortall tombstones. Having located the family grave they then visited Rothe House to document their Shortall ancestors from Courleigh. Using www.rootsireland.ie at Rothe House it was possible to identify the family.

Mary and her siblings, their spouses arrived to Kilkenny on Friday 11th May 2012 where they were met at Rothe House. They spent Saturday morning visiting variousattractions around Kilkenny city but the highlight of their visit was to Paulstown where they met their cousins. Following a visit to the grave of their forefathers they were taken on a personal tour of the family homestead and related houses in the upper reaches of the parish. Courleigh or cor lia meaning a grey hill, their ancestral home, sits over 1,000ft above sea level. From here there are wonderful views of the countryside and on a clear day one can see far distant parts of most south eastern counties. Conditions in Kilkenny, Minnesota were similar to their homeland. A descendant of Patrick Shortall told how they worked hard but also enjoyed the beautiful vistas and a landscape similar to home!

The visitors enjoyed a wonderful evening hosted by their relatives John and May Shortall and their family. Stories were exchanged and photographs of both families viewed and enjoyed. This was the journey of a lifetime for them On Sunday they worshipped in St. Canice's Church, the church in Kilkenny, Minnesota is also named St. Canice!

They visited Cobh, Co. Cork from where so many Irish made their journeys to their new world, leaving the old world and their antecedents.

Text of Article as it Appeared in The Kilkenny People March 15th 2013


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