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September 29th 2017 Visitors

On Friday, September 29th 2017 I met up with a group of Canadian and US visitors who spent three nights in Monaghan and used it as a base to visit Belfast, Giants Causeway and other significant tourist destinations. On that Friday night I met them in the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon, where they enjoyed a sumptuous dinner during which they were entertained by members of the Monaghan MOPOSOGS, with their music, song and poems, and were given an exhibition of Irish Dancing by a group of young local dancers. The dancing set the toes tapping and they had a great giggle listening to Enda Brennan relate one of his very humorous poetic stories. They had more music song and dance led by Seamus McElwain and indeed they had their own talent who entertained all. The group of 84 came from various parts of Canada and the USA and this was all part of a 14 day tour of Ireland. They were in the very capable hands of Rice Coaches. During the event in the Sliabh Beagh they met with members of the Clann McKenna and Cllr. Sean Conlon, Chairman of the Canada Day Festival in Monaghan, addressed the gathering and welcomed them and gave them details of the Canada Day and the Monaghan connection. The visitors all seemed to be enjoying themselves and those I spoke to stated that they were delighted with the trip and have wonderful memories to take home with them. We do hope they enjoyed Monaghan and that they and/or their friends will come to visit us again. During the night too we were introduced to Stephen and Jessica who were just arriving from the Cliff of Moher, where Stephen proposed to Jessica and she had accepted. Stephen is a grandson of the late Mick Corrigan, who was from this part of the world and who would be known to many of the senior citizens. We add congratulations to the happy couple and wish them well.

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