Aussie MPS visit county

Published 05/12/2012 | 09:24

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A GROUP of Australian parliamentarians learnt all about the Garden County's close ties to Australian history during a visit to Wicklow Gaol.

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The delegation were members of the Australia-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group and were officially visiting Ireland top strengthen relations between both countries. The guests were also interested in investigating the economic and cultural links and opportunities for new trade and relationships between Australia and Ireland. The group were welcomed by County Manager Eddie Sheehy, Cathaoirleach Pat Casey and Mayor Mervyn Morrison and others. It was a return home of sorts for Senator Ursula Stephens, formerly a Clarke of Wicklow town. After her visit to Wicklow Gaol, she visited her childhood home on Convent Road and her colleagues joked ' there should be a plaque'. The Clarkes migrated to Australia in 1961 and settled in New South Wales. Wicklow County Council genealogist Catherine Wright was also on hand in Wicklow Gaol to discuss family history research.

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