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Thursday 24 April 2014

Famine tenants honoured at re-enactment

A GROUP of 6,000 tenants who were cleared from a landlord's estate during the Great Famine have been honoured at a special event.

Canada Come Home honoured the lives of those who left Wicklow for a new life in Canada, including the tenants cleared from the Fitzwilliam Estate from 1847-1856.

The Canadian ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn, spoke at the event in Coolattin House.

"The connections between Canada and Ireland have never been stronger or closer than they are today," said Mr Hearn.

"It is very appropriate in this, the year of the Gathering, that such an event as this is being held in Wicklow."

A re-enactment of the Fitzwilliam clearances, when many families departed to Canada, was held.

Irish Independent

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