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Canada Day in Monaghan 2018 Launch

The Canada connection with Monaghan is now well established and Monaghan recognised that special bond by holding the now annual Canada Day celebrations in the County town on Sunday, July 1st, which is the official date for Canada Day all over Canada or indeed the world. Once again the Canadian Ambassador came to Monaghan and participated in the Flag Raising event at the Courthouse, which took place at 11.00am. David Maxwell, the Monaghan Mayor, raised the Irish Flag followed by the Ambassador raising the Canadian Flag. Prior to that the National Anbthems were sung - The Canadian anthem by the Oriel Singers and Amhran na bhFiann by Caitriona Sherlock. Allison Curtis beamed her national programme on Today FM out on the airwaves from the Westenra Hotel from 7.00am to 9.am during which she interviewed various people connected with the festival in Monaghan. There was plenty of activity in the town during the day and one very interesting event was a talk by Leonard Cusack on the life of a Monaghan man made good, called Owen Connolly. This will be a very interesting rags to riches story of a man who left from Donagh here in Monaghan and became one of or indeed the richest man in PEI and Canada and the Talk was delivered in St. Patrick's Hall, Monaghan. Blaithin O'Donnell, representing Air Canada, who are main sponsors of the festival was present for all the activity of the day.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of taking Leonard Cusack and wife Katie on a tour of North Monaghan. We visited sites connected with PEI and since he is from Emyvale in PEI then Emyvale, Monaghan, was a must. Leonard had been here before but was delighted to get another opportunity to see this area and I hope he enjoyed the time with me. We visited Glaslough, Mullan, Ballyoisin, Donagh Old Graveyard, Corracrin, as well as Emyvale. We also visited St. Macartan's Cathedral as Owen Connolly had donated a substantial sum of money towards the building of this great edifice.
On Saturday night there was a night of music, song and poetry in Tyholland Centre and entertainment was provided by the Moposogs, who also performed at the Flag Raising in Sunday. Members of the Monaghan CCE played a number of Irish airs, jigs and reels and these were extremely well received. Also on the programme was a group of Fiddle/violin playing youth from Canada, entitled Coastline, who were on a musical tour of Ireland but came along to Monaghan when they heard of the Canada Day festivities here. They were accommodated in Emy Lake House and they were enthralled by the setting, the comfort and the hospitality.
All in all this was another successful Canada Day celebration and the weather added to the success with its blue skies and warmth. Below we have some images of the weekend.

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