Chandler is located in the East Valley, in the southeast part of the Greater Phoenix area. It was named for a veterinarian, Dr. A. J. Chandler, who settled in the area in 1891. The town of Chandler began in 1912, with the opening of the Hotel San Marcos in 1913. In 1920 the Town of Chandler incorporated, with Dr. Chandler as its first Mayor. The City of Chandler has worked diligently to make the downtown area a dining and entertainment destination, and their efforts are paying off as boutique shops, art spaces and eclectic cafes have steadily increased their presence. The downtown storefronts have been restored to a modern version of their original turn-of-the-century look, and the plaza has been redesigned and named after the City's founder. The Center for the Arts, new parks, restaurants and retail centers mark an exciting future for the City.
Located in the Midlands of Ireland, Tullamore boasts a unique geographic location. The Slieve Bloom Mountains lie to the south, while north of the town are the Arden Hills, a gravel ridge which is a product of the Ice Age. The boglands, for which this part of County Offaly is known, lie to the east and west. Beyond the boglands on the easter side lies Croghan Hill, an extinct volcano. The River Shannon flows to the southwest of the town, while the town itself is divided by the Tullamore River.
The capital town of Offaly and the powerhouse of the Country, Tullamore has a population of 250,000 serbving a 30-mile radious. Tullamore is the administrative capital of County Offaly, and is linked with the main cities through excellent road, rail and telecommunication networks.
The Student Ambassadors from the Sister Cities of Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland, spent time in both communities this summer.
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