Greystones signed a Twinning Oath with Holyhead in Wales in 2012, based on both towns having similar populations, maritime traditions, and community clubs and activities.
As part of the twinning arrangement between Holyhead and Greystones, there was a gala concert by Male Voice Choirs from Holyhead and Newtownmountkennedy in Greystones Rugby Club on Saturday 23rd November 2019. This was a tremendous night of entertainment. Male Voice Choirs have a special magic of their own and this was a rousing musical evening enjoyed by a packed house.
The Magee family from Holyhead played during the interval at the concert. The four young brothers played a lively selection of Irish and Welsh folk songs to entertain the audience.
The choir and singers were accompanied by the Mayor of Holyhead, Councillor Alan Williams as well as Councillor Hywell Williams and the Town Clerk of Holyhead, Mr. Rob Henderson. A number of other officials from the Holyhead Twinning Committee also travelled over for the event.
A number of groups and individuals have visited Greystones from Holyhead and return visits have taken place. Representatives from Holyhead Sea Cadets, Holyhead Round Table, Maritime Museum and Holyhead Hotspurs FC are regular participants in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greystones.
Greystones was represented in its twinned town of Holyhead for St. David’s Day in early March. Inspired by twinning visits to Greystones for the St. Patrick’s day parade the Holyhead twinning committee have been organising local events to mark St David’s Day. Now in its third year, there was a parade of local school children including a very impressive display of Welsh singing by the students. The event was covered by S4C, the Welsh language television station who interviewed Greystones twinning reperesentative, former Councillor Kathleen Kelleher.
A delegation from Holyhead Twinning Committee, which included the Deputy Mayor Councillor Alan Williams and Councillor Hywell Williams, travelled to Greystones for the St. Patrick's weekend.
They watched the Ireland v Wales rugby match in the Whale theatre on Saturday afternoon accompanied by the Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, Councillor Nicola Lawless.
On Sunday morning they attended An Bricfeasta Mór in the scout den before entering the parade with their float depicting the famous South Stack lighthouse in Holyhead and Stena, together with Welsh and Irish flags. Sue Williams wore traditional costume and handed out Welsh daffodils to spectators and to guests on the Reviewing Stand while Dewi Thomas, dressed as a leprauchaun, entertained people along the parade route.
The visitors enjoyed traditional Irish music performed by the Navvies in The Whale Theatre on Sunday evening and finished off their trip on Monday morning with a short informative and entertaining history on Greystones given by Rosemary Raughter, Chairperson of the Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society in the Council Chamber before heading home.
Old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made during the visit which provided an opportunity to discuss future twinning events in both locations to build on the many twinning connections between Holyhead and Greystones.
The boat 'Becky IV' was the first boat from Holyhead to sail into the new harbour in Greystones and has been a regular visitor since then. Many personal contacts have been established with visitors from Greystones attending the Old Gaffers Traditional Sailing Festival in Holyhead each August.