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Thursday 10 July 2014

Kerins Park man meets Canadian Prime Minister

Published 02/10/2013|05:36

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TRALEE man Christy Switzer enjoyed a trip to Canada recently where he had meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Teskey-Harper and was also given a tour of the parliament buildings in Ontario.

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TRALEE man Christy Switzer enjoyed a trip to Canada recently where he had meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Teskey-Harper and was also given a tour of the parliament buildings in Ontario.

Kerins Park native Christy, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, was in Canada as part of a delegation from the Irish Palatine Association who took part in a 10-day tour of the country earlier this month.

The Irish Palatine Association was set up to develop a sense of identity among the Irish descendents of several hundred families who moved to Ireland, mainly to Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Wexford, from the German Palatinate in the early 1700s.

During their visit to Canada Christy and his fellow Palatine Association members were welcomed at a tea party in Prime Minister Harper's residence, which was hosted by Mrs Teskey-Harper who is herself of Palatine descent.

The group also took part in several tours visiting numerous towns, such as Switzerville, which had been founded by Palatine settlers and farmers.

As well as these visits and their lengthy tour of the Canadian Parliment buildings in Ontario, during which Prime Minister Harper brought the entire group in to sit in the parliamentary chamber, they were also invited to several dinner parties and receptions hosted by their Canadian Palatine counterparts.

Kerryman

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