They are considered sister, or twin, cities. But visiting leaders from Killarney, Ireland, say that despite their affection for Springfield, there are some key differences between the two communities.
The town manager and several city councilors have spent a few days visiting Springfield and looking for ways to promote more tourism back-and-forth. But appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” they also discussed their different approach to key issues.
For example, Killarney is one of the few Irish cities with government trash pickup. The city is also about to start charging for water for the first time… up until now, residential customers got water for free. And there is no residency requirement for Killarney city employees… even town manager John Breen lives outside Killarney.