Irish delegation coming to West Prince

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- The Tignish Municipal Council and the Irish Heritage Festival committee are rolling out the welcome mat for a delegation from County Monaghan, Ireland.

Since 1991 Prince Edward Island has been twinned with County Monaghan, resulting in several exchanges back and forth.

The Irish delegation is coming to P.E.I. for weekend activities in Fort Augustus, but will also take advantage of opportunity to renew acquaintances with West Prince and Tignish.

Tignish Council is hosting a Meet and Greet for the Irish delegation and area residents. It will be held at the Tignish Legion on Tuesday, May 28, getting underway at 7 p.m.

The Irish Heritage Festival is arranging other activities for their guests, including tours of the Wind Energy Institute of Canada at North Cape, Tignish Fisheries Co-op and other attractions.

Peggy Aylward is helping to arrange the activities. She helped arrange billets for over 40 people from Ireland during Tignish’s bicentennial celebrations in 1999 and since then has been on three tours to Ireland. She will be leading a tour for 45 area residents to Ireland in September. “They just roll out the red carpet,” Aylward said of the greeting provided in Ireland.

The Irish delegation consists of Mayor Hugh McElvaney, Deputy Mayor Paudge Connolly and Councilor Noel Keelan from County Monaghan Council, and former councilor Willie McKenna.

Aylward has met McKenna before. “If he’s in the room you’re soon going to know him,” she said of his personable character.

Many West Prince residents of Irish descent, Aylward said, can trace their ancestry back to County Monaghan.

Organizations: Tignish Council, Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Tignish Fisheries Co-op Monaghan Council

Geographic location: Ireland, West Prince, TIGNISH Prince Edward Island Fort Augustus North Cape

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