Irish delegates visit the Q-C

Irish delegates visit the Q-C

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Ethanol and water were the main topics of interest for a delegation from Carlow County Ireland that visited Davenport and Scott County this week.

The group, representing Davenport’s sister community in Ireland, is scheduled to leave today after a three-day visit. The four-member delegation also stopped in New York City before arriving in the Quad-Cities. On St. Patrick’s Day, the group celebrated the centennial of the Carlow County Association, a group created to help immigrants from the county in the southeast of Ireland.

Carlow Mayor Michael Abbey said alternative energy sources, especially ethanol, are needed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Carlow County is building a $200 million ethanol plant and also building an alternative energy research center.

“It is going to be huge for us and huge for you,” he said. “We have to look at alternative energy possibilities.”

While a cultural relationship is important, an economic relationship is, too, Abbey said. The group also visited agricultural areas around Scott County, and heard presentations on riverfront development, and flood protection. Carlow has Ireland’s second-longest river, the River Barrow, running through it, so flooding is a concern.

A national modern art center is also planned for Carlow, so the group was also visited to the Figge Art Museum.

Kurt Allemeier can be contacted at (563) 383-2360 or kallemeier@qctimes.com.

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