13 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“Exciting things are happening between Canada and Ireland,” stated Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers when he addressed the members of Monaghan Co Council on Monday during his first official visit to the county.

The affable envoy has a particular motivation for continuing the work of his predecessors in office in building on the twinning links established between Co Monaghan and the maritime provinces of his country.

He hails from Miramichi, which like Prince Edward Island is formally twinned with the county, and the welcome extended to him towards the conclusion of what was the local authority’s May monthly meeting was suitably “home town” in nature.

Noel Keelan, Co Council Cathaoirleach, embodied the spirit of the occasion by presenting Mr Vickers with two gifts from his own South Monaghan area – a piece of Carrickmacross lace, and a sample of the “Brehon Rising” special brew manufactured to mark the 1916 centenary by the Brehon Brewhouse of Dunelty, Inniskeen.

Chief Executive Eamonn O’Sullivan asked the Ambassador to examine how the Canada-Monaghan relationship could be further strengthened and pointed to the potential for trade and commercial links to be expanded.

The sense of an open door being pushed emanated from an address in which Mr Vickers displayed a depthful knowledge of both the strong economic and human ties that bind his native and adopted countries.

Council members in their responses united in expressing solidarity with the people of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray which is currently battling a massive wildfire.

Formally welcoming the Ambassador and congratulating him on his appointment in January 2015, the Cathaoirleach recalled attending with other councillors a function in ….


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