14 December 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

The recent passing of Professor Brendan O’Grady, the academic whose work charted the connections between the Canadian maritime province of Prince Edward Island and the many parts of Ireland, including Co Monaghan, to which its population claimed ancestral links, evoked warm tributes at last week’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council. Professor O’Grady, who was aged 93, was the author of Exiles and Islanders, described as “the definitive account of the Irish settlers on Prince Edward Island”.

His funeral service took place at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Charlottetown, PEI on Saturday, December 1, with burial at All Saints Parish Cemetery the following day. Noting at last week’s Council meeting that a number of members would have met Professor O’Grady on their trips to PEI, Sinn Féin representative Sean Conlon said that his son Thomas became a Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and had delivered the Monaghan Canada Day Lecture in 2016.

Councillor Conlon stated that Brendan O’Grady “was pivotal on PEI in reawakening the ties that bind it with Co Monaghan.” From the 1980s he undertook extensive research….

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