Junior Chamber on parade in Ireland

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Young professionals from Junior Chamber International Sheffield have celebrated twinning with their counterparts in Mayo by taking part in the Irish county’s St Patrick’s Day parade.

Sheffield’s junior chamber of commerce has been running for 85 years, but this is the first time the organisation, which specialises in personal development and charity fundraising, has twinned with another junior chamber.

JCI Sheffield International Director Vicky Bulman said: “The trip has been invaluable, giving us time to develop relationships between the two chambers and individual members. Our motto is “Twinning is Winning” and this visit has confirmed the importance of building international bonds.

Derek Reilly, 2012 President of JCI Mayo said “Having JCI Sheffield here in County Mayo on St Patrick’s Day was a fantastic experience. Everyone had a lot of fun taking part in the parade and we’re proud to have such a long-established chamber as our official twin.”

To commemorate the visit, JCI Sheffield presented a gift of an engraved pewter tankard to highlight the city’s industrial heritage. A return visit is planned for July, when JCI Mayo will experience Sheffield’s Tramlines festival and be received by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.