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Canada Day Report

Saturday the 1st of July sees the second annual Canada Day in Monaghan event with a whole host of activities taking place in the Town Centre. It will the 150th anniversary of Independence.

The festivities will kick off with a live Broadcast by Today FM from the Westenra Hotel with the Alison Curtis. Alison will have excellent prizes on offer including 2 Return Flights to Canada, very generously sponsored by Air Canada! Other prizes available on the day will include Air Canada Fleeces, Hamper Baskets and €100 euro Monaghan Town Voucher sponsored by Monaghan Food Network. Copies of Home from Home CD by Moposogs (Monaghan Songwriters and Poets Group)

11.30 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony in front of the Courthouse -The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Mr. Kevin Vickers will deliver the Canada Day 150 Address followed by a rendition of the Canadian National Anthem ‘ O Canada’ performed by the local Oriel Singers Group.

12.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Ice Hockey Skills demonstrations and fun activities (Belfast Giants and Captain Adam Keefe)

Bouncing Castles, face painting and other fun activities for kids.

Canadian themed food will be provided by local suppliers including (Nanaimo Bars, Pancakes w/ Maple Syrup, Maple Cookies, Poutine)

Monaghan Arts Network and Poets and Songwriters Group Exhibition “The ties that connect Canada and Ireland” in verse, song and art.

Genealogy Workshops

Old Monaghan Society

As part of the 2017 Canada Day celebrations in Monaghan Town this coming weekend the Old Monaghan Society have been invited to deliver a presentation that shines the spotlight on just one aspect of the deep-seated historical links that exist between Monaghan and Canada. 

‘From MacNamara Place, Monaghan Town to Yonge Street, Toronto – An Early 19th Century Adventure’ captures the story of a Monaghan Town family who lived on Back Street (Park Street) from 1814, and who made the big decision in 1837 to emigrate to Toronto in Canada. Carefully compiled from a collection of historical documents, the story traces the origins of this interesting and well connected family, explores what life was like growing up on the streets of Monaghan Town in the 1820s and 1830s, ponders on the decisions that prompted them to opt for a new and pioneering life in Canada, and reveals what Monaghan Town legacy still exists that forever connects the place of their birth with their descendants now spread all over Canada and the United States.

So if you would like to hear an historical tale laced with adventure, romance, good fortune and tragedy then please come along to St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Church Square, Monaghan Town at 3pm on Saturday July 1st for the Old Monaghan Society’s 2017 Canada Day presentation. Light refreshments will be served and all are most welcome.