Links to Canada to be celebrated

Padraig Byrne

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Next Monday will see the arrival of a group of 58 Canadians from Newfoundland as part of the Newfoundland Connections Festival. Launched in 2005, the festival takes place in the Southeast of Ireland and in Newfoundland on alternate years and celebrates the social, historical and cultural connections between the two areas.

 This year represents the first time that Carlow will host Canadian visitors and it reflects the emigration of hundreds of south Carlow people to Newfoundland in the late 18th Century.

Families in St Mullins will host the visitors and show them around the ecclesiastical site and heritage site before they take in the beautiful sights of the River Barrow by bike, horse and trap, barge, canoe or on foot. After all this there will be a big celebratory barbecue in St Mullins on Monday evening.

On Tuesday the visitors will take in Carlow town including Visual, Carlow County Museum and Carlow College, where they will learn of the ecclesiastical connections between Carlow College and Newfoundland. They will also visit a number of local businesses before heading for Leighlinbridge and finally Borris and taking in the historical sites there.

Wednesday will see the group visit attractions such as Altamont Gardens, Huntington Castle and Clonegal, and they will also see the sights in Myshall before a concert takes place for the general public featuring both Irish and Newfoundland musicians. Tickets are available for this at Carlow Tourist Office and will also be on sale on the night.

On Thursday the group will leave for the final leg of the journey to Enniscorthy.

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