Belfast and Boston named ‘sister cities’

Published Monday, 12 May 2014
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Belfast has signed a Sister Cities agreement with Boston, Massachusetts, it has been announced.

Belfast and Boston named ‘sister cities’
Mayor Ó Muilleoir with Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh. (© UTV)

The agreement was signed on Monday morning in the American city by Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh.

The agreement is designed to foster stronger economic development, trade and investment, tourism, youth, cultural, faith-based exchange and educational linkages between the two cities.

It also aims to increase awareness of both cities as being growth cities in the connected health and life sciences, creative industries, tourism and financial services sectors.

It commits both cities to identifying activities that can generate new initiatives to further their economic, social and cultural relationships.

Belfast has two other Sister Cities - Nashville in the United States and Hefei in eastern China - the accords for which were signed in 1994 and 2005 respectively.

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10 Comments
Observer in UK wrote (199 days ago):
Jos in Belfast "Good news there has always been very strong links between Boston,the Kennedys and the Irish."...you forgot Noraid. Many British cities have been twinned the world over....nothing to see here.
Mike in Lisburn wrote (199 days ago):
@loafboss, Dublin is the islands main hub. I use the airport all the time. Its an hours drive.
Davy in craigavon wrote (199 days ago):
Joe in Belfast - you have forgotten the strong links where Bostonites supplied large sums of money to buy pira guns etc.
Larry in Belfast wrote (199 days ago):
Why the links? Is it because the all like tea parties and the Bee Gees. Can't see any other reason!
Jim in Carrickfergus wrote (199 days ago):
Just think of the tapes changing hands now
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