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Quincy Signs Agreement with County Cork, Ireland

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February 08, 2018

QUINCY — The ties between Quincy and the Emerald Isle just became a bit stronger.

Leaders of Quincy and leaders of County Cork, Ireland, shook hands and signed an economic development agreement between the City of Presidents and The Rebel Kingdom.

Koch — who despite his German name said he has some Irish heritage — said he expects both Quincy and Cork to see an economic boost from the agreement, particularly in terms of tourism.

“Both sides of the pond are going to be recipients of that,” Koch said.

He praised the contributions of the many Irish folks who have immigrated to The United States, particularly to the Boston area where many settled.

“When you look at the contributions the Irish immigrant has made to this nation, it’s remarkable,” Koch said, noting Quincy’s still-sizable Irish population.

Many of the benefits touted in the agreement document have to do with essentially networking and building relationships between the two local governments on different sides of the Atlantic. Some are more concrete, such as shared tourism ventures and advertising, and agreements between Quincy’s colleges and those in Cork.

Cork is the largest county in Ireland by land mass and third biggest by population, containing just under 550,000 people.

Last year planes started flying from the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, to Cork City and back. Before that, no flights from the area went directly to Cork.

Cork County Mayor Declan Hurley and Cork County Council Executive Tim Lucey flew in for the ceremony in Quincy City council chambers in Old City Hall.

This will be something very rich for both places going forward,” Hurley said.

Before the ceremony, the Quincy and Cork officials took a tour of some of Quincy’s famous sites, such as the Adams National Park.

“I didn’t realize the extent of the history in Quincy,” Lucey said.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@ledger.com or 617-786-7049.