The “06880” tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.”
The theme of this story is “Where the Westports of the world meet.”
Every few year from 1985 to 2010, an organization called Westports of the World sponsored gatherings of representatives from towns called Westport. There are at least 25 spread around the planet, as close as Massachusetts and as far as New Zealand.
Now, the Westport in County Mayo, Ireland is reviving the idea.
The timing is perfect. Next September, the Irish Westport celebrates its 250th birthday.
(By comparison, 250 years ago our Westport was not even a concept. Saugatuck was part of Norwalk. Greens Farms was part of Fairfield. Of course, we were still a decade away from forming our own country.)
County Mayo has planned 4 days of Westports of the World fun. There’s a tour of the town followed by “a cuppa in one of the many cafes,” formal meetings, banquets, a traditional Irish music show, live theater, tours of the area, religious services — and of course a pub crawl.
All Westporters — in the 25-plus Westports, all over the world — are invited.
(“Westports of the World” will be held September 14-17, 2017. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, click here.)