Canada Day 2019 Launch: The launch of the Canada Day celebrations took place in the Garage Theatre, Monaghan, on Monday, June 24th prior to the meeting of the Council. Present were the Councillors including chairman of the Canada Day Committee, Cllr. Sean Conlon; County Council staff members; members of the Canada Day committee including Brian Clerkin, who has been very active in organising the programme for the day; Mark Clifford, MD of O’Hanrahan’s Travel, who have come on board as sponsor of Air Canada tickets; Blaithín from Air Canada; Nicola Duffy, Northern Sound; Trevor Connolly, Monaghan Town Co-ordinator. Mayor of Monaghan, Cllr Seamus Coyle, officially launched the programme for Canada Day. He welcomed all present and complimented the Committee on their work in promoting the links with Canada. Cllr Sean Conlon gave some background information and mentioned some of the events taking place on the day. He thanked Brian Clerkin in particular for the work he has done for the event. Blaithín on behalf of Air Canada stated that it was great to be associated with Canada Day in Monaghan and wished the best of luck to all who entered the competition. Also launched on the day was the ‘Fittest Company’ event, which will be held in Rossmore Park on Saturday June 29th. Over 40 company teams have been entered and the competition begins at 12 noon. Silver Hill Farm are organising and sponsoring this event and Glaslough Harriers are looking after the logistics and Truagh Special Needs will be the benefactors. The Canada connection began more by accident when Prof. Brendan O’Grady, Prince Edward Island, came to Emyvale in the late 50’s to trace the Delaney family roots. He was assisted by Seamus McCluskey and Benny Hackett and was amazed at the information he discovered. He then did more research on the link and wrote a book on it. Then in 1990 The Irish Festival in PEI decided to make a wider connection and asked the late and great Tommy Makem to make contact with Monaghan. He met Willie McKenna and as a result the Premier of PEI was invited to come to Emyvale and the Late Joe Ghiz came and he was entertained by us for a number of days when he met with many and learned a great deal about the connection between North Monaghan and PEI. He asked Emyvale to organise a group to attend the 1991 Irish Festival in PEI. Emyvale Development Association organised a group of 20 musicians, singers and dancers with leader Seamus McCluskey and they went and had a wonderful time. We then had a number of politicians and people from PEI, who were making a connections through their families with this area, come here and we entertained them and in many cases were able to show them the site of the family home of their forefathers, which was very emotional for them. After a few years the connection expanded and Monaghan County Council got involved and deputations were exchanged on a yearly basis. Then the connection with Miramichi was discovered and twinning with PEI and the Miramichi followed as did Peterborough, where there is an area called Monaghan. However the later twinning faded. As the man says - the rest is history.
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Canada Day 2019 Launch: The launch of the Canada Day celebrations took place in the Garage Theatre, Monaghan, on Monday, June 24th prior to the meeting of the Council. Present were the Councillors including chairman of the Canada Day Committee, Cllr. Sean Conlon; County Council staff members; members of the Canada Day committee including Brian Clerkin, who has been very active in organising the programme for the day; Mark Clifford, MD of O’Hanrahan’s Travel, who have come on board as sponsor of Air Canada tickets; Blaithín from Air Canada; Nicola Duffy, Northern Sound; Trevor Connolly, Monaghan Town Co-ordinator. Mayor of Monaghan, Cllr Seamus Coyle, officially launched the programme for Canada Day. He welcomed all present and complimented the Committee on their work in promoting the links with Canada. Cllr Sean Conlon gave some background information and mentioned some of the events taking place on the day. He thanked Brian Clerkin in particular for the work he has done for the event. Blaithín on behalf of Air Canada stated that it was great to be associated with Canada Day in Monaghan and wished the best of luck to all who entered the competition. Also launched on the day was the ‘Fittest Company’ event, which will be held in Rossmore Park on Saturday June 29th. Over 40 company teams have been entered and the competition begins at 12 noon. Silver Hill Farm are organising and sponsoring this event and Glaslough Harriers are looking after the logistics and Truagh Special Needs will be the benefactors. The Canada connection began more by accident when Prof. Brendan O’Grady, Prince Edward Island, came to Emyvale in the late 50’s to trace the Delaney family roots. He was assisted by Seamus McCluskey and Benny Hackett and was amazed at the information he discovered. He then did more research on the link and wrote a book on it. Then in 1990 The Irish Festival in PEI decided to make a wider connection and asked the late and great Tommy Makem to make contact with Monaghan. He met Willie McKenna and as a result the Premier of PEI was invited to come to Emyvale and the Late Joe Ghiz came and he was entertained by us for a number of days when he met with many and learned a great deal about the connection between North Monaghan and PEI. He asked Emyvale to organise a group to attend the 1991 Irish Festival in PEI. Emyvale Development Association organised a group of 20 musicians, singers and dancers with leader Seamus McCluskey and they went and had a wonderful time. We then had a number of politicians and people from PEI, who were making a connections through their families with this area, come here and we entertained them and in many cases were able to show them the site of the family home of their forefathers, which was very emotional for them. After a few years the connection expanded and Monaghan County Council got involved and deputations were exchanged on a yearly basis. Then the connection with Miramichi was discovered and twinning with PEI and the Miramichi followed as did Peterborough, where there is an area called Monaghan. However the later twinning faded. As the man says - the rest is history.