Saturday 23 March 2019

Homeward Trek filmed for RTÉ's Nationwide

South Wicklow is to feature on an upcoming episode of RTÉ's Nationwide after filming took place during the recent Coollattin Canadian Connection Homeward Trek 2018.

The community of Carnew and south Wicklow recently welcomed home a group of descendants of their kinfolk who emigrated to Canada during the bleak, hungry years of mid-19th century Ireland.

The visit was organised by the Coollattin Canadian Connection, an initiative of Carnew couple Kevin and Eleanor Lee, and will feature on RTE's Nationwide programme later this month, with a date yet to be confirmed.

The Coollattin Canadian Connection was launched at Coollattin House in January 2016 by Minister Simon Harris and the Canadian Ambassador, Kevin Vickers. Since the launch the organisers have managed to reunite many Canadian-Irish with their south Wicklow roots.

This year's homecoming took place between July 14 and 21 and the group came from places as far flung as Ottawa, Waterloo, North Bay, Kemptville, Gananoque, Vancouver, Edmonton, North Carolina and Michigan as well as Carnew's twinned town of Smiths Falls in Ontario.

The organisers of this very successful week of homecoming, history, heritage and theatre wish to acknowledge the generous support of Wicklow County Council and the Creative Ireland Wicklow Programme.

Wicklow People