Mitchell Scholars Visit Cork for Jazz Festival Weekend
October 28, 2003
The fourth class of George J. Mitchell Scholars enjoyed a weekend of jazz and fun in Ireland’s second city during the October bank holiday weekend. They began their visit on Friday, October 24 with a reception on the campus of University College Cork. The reception was sponsored by Boston Scientific, EMC, Horner Electric Ireland, Barry’s Tea, and Pfizer. In-kind donations were provided by Heineken Ireland. The special guest speaker of the event was Minister Michéal Martin, T.D.
Kathleen Long, representing the US-Ireland Alliance, thanked these sponsors and expressed the organization’s hope that many more Cork companies and individuals will become involved in the work of the Alliance. She highlighted an upcoming Alliance event in the Cork area – a sailing match race out of the Royal Cork Yacht Club during the summer of 2004. Kathleen then introduced the guest speaker for the event, Cork T.D. and Minister of Health and Children, Michéal Martin.
Minister Martin spoke of the Mitchell Scholarship Program as a “two-way street,” where the Scholars gain much from being a part of the academic departments of Irish universities and living as residents of Irish cities and towns. They then in turn give back to their own communities through scholarship, volunteering, and social activities. “In a very real way, Ireland becomes home for these American Scholars,” said Minister Martin. “I trust that they, like the Mitchells before them, will take advantage of all that Ireland has to offer.”
While in Cork - the European Capital of Culture for 2005 - the Scholars enjoyed a tour of the university, day trips to the nearby towns of Blarney and Cobh, as well as jazz and other live music events in the city centre.