STRONG links have been developed between Limerick and Nanjing ahead of the World Youth Olympics in China this summer.
During Fine Gael councillor Jim Long’s term as Mayor of Limerick in 2011/2012 senior Chinese government officials visited the Treaty City on three occasions to foster links. Cllr Long has himself visited Nanjing twice to help develop bonds between the two cities ahead of this summer’s games.
“Nanjing will display a world exhibition arena attracting over 25 million people this summer and an area has being selected to showcase Limerick as part of this event,” Cllr Long announced.
All eyes will now be on the capital of the Jiangsu province in eastern China as part of the Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014 from August 16 to 28 and Cllr Long believes the games will prove “fruitful” for Limerick as a result of the friendships formed between the two cities.
“The potential for Limerick is massive. As part of the exhibition in Nanjing, we have been invited to send promotion material and images to showcase Limerick on a world stage. Any local business interested can contact me for further details,” he said.
The second largest secondary school in Nanjing, with 240 teachers and 3,000 pupils, is also seeking to establish links with a post-primary school in Limerick.