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Canadian Ambassador Visits Monaghan

Pat Binns, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, is a very good friend of Monaghan and has shown his interest in the County through his many visits both as Premier and as Ambassador. He is always a very welcome guest and his warmth and ease make him enjoyable company. This visit, on Monday, Oct 5th, lasted for the day beginning with a welcome from Mayor of Monaghan, Sean Conlon, in the Four Seasons Hotel. He then went to Monaghan Garda Station and was greeted by Supt Mick Clancy and Insp. Pat McMorrow.

His next stop was in Beech Hill College, where he addressed a group of pupils and answered many interesting questions. His words of wisdom for the young minds were very encouraging and urged them to follow their dreams to reality, as he pointed to the many Irish men who achieved greatness and indeed had a major input to the development of Canada.

The Ambassador was then back in the Four Seasons Hotel for lunch and an address to the members of Monaghan Rotary. This was followed by a meeting with Monaghan County Council and Executive.

His final destination for a meeting with residence and dinner was the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig.

It was a wide ranging visit and a hectic one but then his host, Willie McKenna, will always pack a great deal into a few hours. Also in the entourage was Tony Murphy, retired County secretary and a man who has had a major role in the development of relation between Monaghan and three areas of Canada. The Ambassador was accompanied by Suzanne Cormie, Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy. This was her first visit to Monaghan and indeed her first sortie outside Dublin since she arrived two weeks ago. She was very impressed by Monaghan and has promised that she will return for a longer visit and she agreed to our invite to visit Emyvale. We look forward to her visit and we also hope that Pat Binns will retrace his steps around Emyvale too. Well done to Willie for putting it all together.

Welcome from Mayor Sean Conlon.

Supt. Clancy, Pat Binns, Suzanne Cormie and Insp. Pat McMorrow.

A welcome for the guests in Beech Hill College.

The Ambassador addresses the students

A musical interlude for the Ambassador.