17 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The Nelson Doyle Dancers from Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, visited the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, last Thursday afternoon, on the first stop of their whistle-stop tour of Ireland.
Vice-Mayor of Monaghan County Noel Keelan, who put the item on the itinerary, felt that it was important to bring the dancers to the centre since Patrick Kavanagh is the mascot of their annual Irish Festival in Miramichi.
In fact, he and County Mayor Hugh McElvaney were only just back from visiting New Brunswick themselves.
Local historian Larry McDermott, who acted as master of ceremonies on the day, began by welcoming the group, many of whom were visiting for the first time.
He also welcomed the Mayor and serving South Monaghan County Councillors respectively: Cllrs. Hugh McElvaney, Noel Keelan, Aidan Murray and PJ O’Hanlon. Apologies were received from Cllrs. Padraig McNally and Matt Carthy.
Larry explained centre was located in the old St. Mary’s Church which was built in 1820. The centre set up home there after it succeeded in getting a lease on and renovating the property that had been left vacant for twenty years.
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre was officially opened by President Mary Robinson on June 16th, 1994, who also launched a cross-border education programme there and attended the centenary celebrations of the late great poet’s birth in 2004.
Mayor of County Monaghan Hugh McElvaney said a few words about his recent visit to Miramichi, his acquaintance with the aforementioned festival mascot and how next year would be the 30th anniversary of the Irish Festival in Miramichi.
He hoped that the tour would give the group a taste of Ireland and said that he thoroughly looked forward to the Dancing on the Diamond event which would happen later that evening in Monaghan Town.
Deputy Mayor Noel Keelan hailed international tour guide Marven McCarthy as a great ambassador for …

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