Cork County Council has welcomed Caleigh Griffin, Queen of Detroit United Irish Societies.
Caleigh won the title in a competition, sponsored by the Council, in which young women compete in their knowledge of Irish history and culture for a top prize which includes a scholarship and a trip to Ireland.
As part of her visit, Caleigh will travel to West Cork where she will visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and Famine Graveyard, Michael Collins house and Clonakilty Model Village.
This visit follows the signing of a friendship agreement between the City of Detroit and the County of Cork on St. Patricks Day this year which sets out to promote tourism, investment and trade through collaboration between the two regions.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan praised the competition, noting that “Cork and Detroit have strong relationship, built on historical ties and the Queen of Detroit United Irish Societies competition is a great way to encourage young Irish Americans from Detroit to engage with their Irish heritage.”