The Canada connection with Monaghan is now well established and Monaghan will recognise
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.
Once again the Canadian Ambassador will come to Monaghan and participate in the Flag
Raising event at the Courthouse, which should take place around 11.00am. Prior to
that Allison Curtis will beam her national programme on Today FM out on the airwaves
from the Westenra Hotel and she will, again this year, have two tickets to Canada
with Air Canada as a prize for a competition she will run during her programme in
Monaghan. Her programme begins at 7am and finishes at 10.00am. There will be plenty
of activity in the town during the day and one interesting event will be 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. The Canada Day Programme was launched
in the M-Tec building on Monday, June 4th rpior to the Council meeting. Blaithin
O'Donnell, representing Air Canada, who are main sponsors of the festival was present
at the launch.