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Celebrating historical links between Cloughjordan and the Kingdom of Jordan

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Celebrating historical links between Cloughjordan and the Kingdom of Jordan thumbnailThe Stone of Jordan, which will be presented to representatives of the local Churches on behalf of the people of Cloughjordan on this Thursday night. MT40856JOC

The evening of Thursday October 4 will see a very special community event in Cloughjordan village at which the historical link between Cloughjordan and the Kingdom of Jordan will be marked and celebrated.
It is believed that the origin name story for Cloughjordan concerns the original Anglo-Norman Manorial settlement and the then resident Knight, De Marisco, Seignior of Latteragh and Nenagh. Recorded tradition holds that De Marisco went to the Holy Land and brought back with him a stone from the River Jordan, which was used in the construction of his Castle - present day Cloughjordan House.
The Cloughjordan Community Development Committee initiated contact with the Jordanian Authorities with a view to marking and celebrating this story. It became evident early on to all sides in this initiative that given the current conflicts in the region and the high level of negative portrayals, creating positive social and cultural links between peoples was inherently a good thing. As part of this process, a few months ago the Jordanian Government sourced a stone from the river at Bethany Above Jordan, the baptismal place of Christ (see video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GUTfxsq9oo).
Last July, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney visited Jordan as part of the process to open a new Irish Embassy in Amman and this provided the opportunity to have the `Stone of Jordan` transported back to Ireland aboard the Irish Government jet. When representatives of the CCDC met with Minister Coveney recently to update him on the project's development he recounted his surprise to hear Cloughjordan being spoken about by Jordanian Government officials at a state banquet he attended in Amman.
It should be said also that, the Irish Government have always enjoyed a positive political relationship with the Kingdom of Jordan, when RTE television was launched in 1960, the first person to address the nation was President De Valera, the guest head of state and second person to address the nation was King Hussain of Jordan. Another local historical connection relates to the time of the " Carroll chieftains reign in Cloughjordan (and surrounding region) and their preference for wine imported from the Lebanon-Jordan area.
On the evening of October 4, Mr Ramsey Khoury, the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Jordan, and Mr Joe Geoghan, the Honorary Consul of Jordan in Ireland, will present The Stone of Jordan to representatives of the local Churches on behalf of the people of Cloughjordan. Present also for the event will be His Excellency, Ambassador to Egypt, Sean O Regan, who will be representing the Irish Government. Local Councillors and representatives from Tipperary County Council will also be in attendance.
The Cloughjordan Community Choir led by Mr John Armitage will also perform at the presentation.
Following the presentation, the visiting dignitaries will receive a tour of the Thomas MacDonagh Museum. Later in the evening, the ballroom at Cloughjordan House will see a special community gathering at which refreshments will be served. Ramsey and Joe will give a presentation on the positive historical links between Ireland and Jordan and they will also make a presentation to mark the historical connection with Cloughjordan House itself. Local and guest Arabic musicians will perform, there will be a short hurling skills display and a guest appearance by the Frank McGrath North Final Cup! The use of the ballroom and the refreshments are being kindly donated by Cloughjordan House.
The Cloughjordan Community Development Committee looks forward to building on this exciting initiative and to the development of social and cultural links between Cloughjordan (Tipperary) and the Kingdom of Jordan in the coming times ahead.

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