A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad. Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational and cultural exchanges with their sister city.

Carndonagh, Ireland


Carndonagh, Ireland is a town on the Insihowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Located near Malin Head, the most northerly point of Ireland, Carndonagh lies close to the shores of Trawbeaga Bay. Carndonagh is the town which host the Community School and is the main market town on the peninsula. It is the site of the Donagh Cross, which belonged to an early Christian monastery founded by St. Patrick for Bishop MacCairthan, a brother of the bishop of Clogher.

The orginal Irish name, Carn Domhnach, means the burial mound of the church. The town is laid out around a central square, or Diamond, and is dominated by its Italianate Catholic church. It is also home to Carndonagh Community School, formerly the largest community school in Ireland. It is a small but pretty town consisting of cafes, pubs, a variety of shops and a nightclub. 
Carndonagh Cross
 
Inishowen has a community of active musicians, artists, and writers and is home to the Inishowen Carnival Group and the Inishowen Gospel Choir (both international performers). In the 2006 census, the population of Carndonagh was listed at 1,923. Carndonagh is also the location of the studios of Inishowen Community Radio (ICR FM), one of three radio stations in the county and the only community station in the northwest of the Republic.

In April, 2011, the agreement to twin with Inishowen/Carndonagh, Ireland and St. Charles, Missouri was signed. The first student exchange was in March, 2012 when St. Charles West sent students to Ireland. In October, 2012, Carndonagh Community School sent Irish students to St. Charles West.
 

For more information about the Irish Chapter of St. Charles Sister Cities email the them at: irishsistercities@gmail.com
MISSOURI RIVER IRISH FEST   is the major fundraiser to support their sister city. The event is held over Memorial Weekend with Irish music, dance, cultural exhibits, and children's events. This is a free event. For more information visit their website at www.moriveririshfest.com