11 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The significant employment opportunities for young Co Monaghan people in Canada, and the potential existing to expand further the trade and business linkages being forged by Monaghan companies with Canadian markets, formed major themes in the address delivered by His Excellency Loyola Hearn, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, when he met Monaghan Co Council on Monday.

Ambassador Hearn convened with the authority as part of a day-long schedule of engagements in the county during which he visited a number of business operations and community projects.

The Ambassador encouraged the councillors to continue their promotional activities with regard to the linkages enjoyed by their county with communities on the Atlantic seaboard of his nation, where a large proportion of the population can claim Irish ancestry, with a significant number boasting familial links with North Monaghan.

Accompanying the ambassador was former Co Council member Willie McKenna, who received tributes from the Canadian envoy and his former colleagues alike for the work he has done to foster and develop the Monaghan-Canada connection.

Introducing the Ambassador, Co Mayor Sean Conlon said he had now been three years in Ireland and this was the second time he had met the Council members in their chamber.

“Co Monaghan is very fortunate to have enjoyed very close relationships with Canada over two decades,” Mayor Conlon reflected. The current Ambassador and his predecessors had formally visited the Co Council and had toured the county – later in the day Ambassador Hearn would be visiting a number of industries and locations in the county that would be of interest to him and his country.

Noting Monaghan’s twinning arrangements with Prince Edward Island and Miramichi in New Brunswick, the Mayor said these were founded on a connection that went back 180 years or more, deriving from the very focused process of emigration which …

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