It’s a long long way from Clare to here

2014 Youth Ambassador Elana Bradley keeping cool

This article featured in The Irish Central newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona recently. It was written by Yvonne Watterson following Emma Merten’s visit to Ennis as a YAEP in June 2014.  Emma was home hosted by Ailbhe and the Hogan family from Barefield during her 3 weeks stay in Ennis, Co. Clare as a Youth Ambassador. (Click on blue link to view article)

Emma in Ennis raising the Banner











In July Ennis youth ambassadors, Ailbhe Hogan and Elana Bradley, arrived in Phoenix, along with ambassadors from 10 other sister cities, during the hottest time of the year. Jam-packed into their stay were opportunities to experience American traditions including an ‘early’ Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, a prom, Fourth of July firecrackers and even a traditional Thanksgiving feast. They took in a baseball game and a behind the scene tour of the US Airways center, home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and AZ Rattlers. They travelled north to the Grand Canyon and to the red rocks of Sedona.

There were opportunities for this group of global ambassadors to give back to the community as well, and they spent a morning preparing food boxes for St Mary’s Food Bank, and, of course, to promote education, they visited Arizona State University in Tempe. They even ventured out of state, to neighboring California and the happiest place on earth – Disneyland.