Few sister city partnerships are as strong or as enduring as that linking Santa Barbara, California, and Dingle, County Kerry. Since 2003, the Irish American community in Santa Barbara has spearheaded the mutually beneficial bond between the two equally picturesque settings.
Pat Fallin, Chair of the Santa Barbara-Dingle Sister City Committee has visited An Daingean frequently and has welcomed business leaders, musicians and craft-makers from the Kerry town to the Golden State.
Group members (pictured) gathered Thursday night to hear a presentation on the Belfast International Homecoming from founder and Irish Echo Chairperson Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Among the Santa Barbarans present were film-maker Kevin McKiernan and veteran journalist Maureen ‘Mo’ McFadden.