Würzburg is a small but very beautiful city of 124,000 residents known for its distinctive Baroque and Rococo Architecture and set among vineyards in the heart of the Franconian wine region.
Würzburg's Irish connections date back to circa 686, when the Irish Missionaries, Kilian, Kolonat and Totnan travelled to Würzburg and the Fanconian region to convert the reigning dukes to Christianity. The missionaries were martyred in 689.
On the 1st November 1999 the sister city partnership between Bray, Wicklow and Würzburg was established. This strong thriving relationship was built on educational links between initially St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray, and Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium in Würzburg. Educational links have also been established between Coláiste Craobh Abhann, Kilcoole and Riemenschneider School and more recently with Loreto in Bray. In March 2018 a group of teachers representing Würzburg and lower Franconia, will participate in an Erasmus Programme, hosted in conjunction with Bray Institute of Further Education.
Throughout the years of our partnership, Wicklow and Bray have developed strong friendships with the people of Würzburg, and business, social and cultural exchanges. The Mainfranken Messe which is held every second year, presents an excellent opportunity to promote tourism and business in County Wicklow. One of the interesting cultural linkages developed with Würzburg, is a touring exhibition of photographs taken by the playwright John Millington Synge (by kind permission of Trinity College). Synge studied music in Würzburg, the exhibition which shows photographs taken by Synge during his travels around Wicklow was put together by the President of the German Irish Society of Würzburg, Mr. Matthias Fleckenstein.
The Irish German Society of County Wicklow was established to build on the links with our partner city and with Germany generally. Membership is open to all Wicklow residents who are interested in learning more about Würzburg, through talks, social events and annual visits.